Afropean: Notes from Black Europe

Afropean: Notes from Black Europe

Title:Afropean: Notes from Black Europe
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:UK edition

'Afropean. Here was a space where blackness was taking part in shaping European identity ... A continent of Algerian flea markets, Surinamese shamanism, German Reggae and Moorish castles. Yes, all this was part of Europe too, and these were people and places it needed to understand and embrace if it wanted fully functional societies. And Black Europeans, too, need to demand the right to document and disseminate our stories ... With my brown skin and my British passport - still a ticket into mainland Europe at the time of writing - I set out in search of the Afropeans, on a cold October morning.'

Afropean is an on-the-ground documentary of areas where Europeans of African descent are juggling their multiple allegiances and forging new identities. Here is an alternative map of the continent, taking the reader to places like Cova Da Moura, the Cape Verdean shantytown on the outskirts of Lisbon with its own underground economy, and Rinkeby, the area of Stockholm that is eighty per cent Muslim. Johny Pitts visits the former Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, where West African students are still making the most of Cold War ties with the USSR, and Clichy Sous Bois in Paris, which gave birth to the 2005 riots, all the while presenting Afropeans as lead actors in their own story.

    Afropean: Notes from Black Europe Reviews

  • Radiantflux

    76th book for 2019.An enjoyable, informative UK black-backpackers trip through Western Europe. While I enjoyed the book, I would have liked deeper and broader overview (there is nothing on Eastern Eur...

  • Jearl Boatswain

    Now, I'm openly biased when I say I loved this book. Having studied European Studies with French and Spanish I could probably count the number of works by and or centered Black Europeans that I studie...

  • Ruth

    I enjoyed this book on many levels. I am a fan of factual literature but recently I was getting more factual books that were molded by the same template - throw in lots of research and facts and draw ...

  • I Read, Therefore I Blog

    Johny Pitts is a writer, photographer and broadcaster who founded the online journal In this insightful, compassionate and thought-provoking book that’s part anthropology, part memoir,...

  • Bookish Dervish

    It was an amusing audiobook which allowed me to enjoy a peculiar point of view of a traveller in his distinctive British accent. It made me think about the vague criterion of categorizing people as Eu...

  • gaverne Bennett

    Great read. An eye opener......