Afropean: Notes from Black Europe

Afropean: Notes from Black Europe

'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 'Afropean. Here was a space where blackness was taking part in shaping European identity ... A continent of Algerian flea marke...

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Title:Afropean: Notes from Black Europe
Author:Johny Pitts
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Afropean: Notes from Black Europe
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

Afropean: Notes from Black Europe Reviews

  • Niklas Pivic
    Nov 16, 2019
    Hip-hop artist Mos Def once wrote of the depiction of black culture in the media that ?we?re either niggas or kings, we?re either bitches or queens?, and in contemporary Europe it seemed to me that black people were either presented as über-stylized retro hipster dandies in th...
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    Dec 02, 2019
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  • Andrew
    Oct 22, 2019
    Johnny Pitts travels across Europe, looking at how people of African descent and their communities have fared in that continent both historically and in the contemporary setting. From Britain to Russia and many countries in between, their stories are sometimes funny and at other times ...
  • I Read, Therefore I Blog
    Oct 12, 2019
    Johny Pitts is a writer, photographer and broadcaster who founded the online journal Afropean.com. In this insightful, compassionate and thought-provoking book that?s part anthropology, part memoir, part travelogue and part rumination on the black experience within Europe, he seeks t...
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    Aug 18, 2019
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    Jun 21, 2019
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  • Ruth
    Aug 23, 2019
    I enjoyed this book on many levels. I am a fan of factual literature but recently I was getting factual books that were molded in the same template - throw in lots of research and draw mechanical (although sometimes brilliant) conclusions. This book is very different. I was expect...
  • Ciaran Monaghan
    Jan 11, 2020
    This is another title taken from The Guardian's end of year list. As with other travelogues, I was impressed by Pitts' ability to arrive in a new city, meet people, connect with them and learn about their lives and experiences. I was also struck by the similarities across countries,...
  • gaverne Bennett
    Aug 14, 2019
    Great read. An eye opener... ...
  • Joanna
    Dec 19, 2019
    4.5 An ambitious, fascinating project, and Pitts is the ideal writer to keep the reader engrossed as he details his travels across Europe. Pace is well maintained ? Pitts manages to deliver a wealth of factual detail but intersperses it with real life action so that we never get bogg...
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    Jan 07, 2020
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  • David Kenvyn
    Dec 21, 2019
    This is an elegantly written book about a difficult and disturbing but very important subject ? the treatment of people of African descent in modern Europe. The stories are taken from a three-month journey made by the author across the cities of Europe and are both worrying and, simu...
  • Bookish Dervish
    Sep 25, 2019
    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 European, African, Asian...etc This read accompanied me through many days as I commute ...
  • Jearl Boatswain
    Jul 14, 2019
    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 studied throughout my 4 years of study on one hand. One of those being an extract from Franz...
  • Radiantflux
    Jun 14, 2019
    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 Europe?Russia gets a mention?and nothing on Italy or Greece). For instance, t...
  • Laura
    Nov 10, 2019
    There are abnormally high mental-health issues among black communities in Europe, but my travels had been largely sustained by a very steadfast sanity which so many black men and women had managed to maintain despite often living under such bizarre conditions. A real journey throug...
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    Dec 01, 2019
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    Sep 12, 2019
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  • Danny Daley
    Dec 04, 2019
    I'm deeply torn by this book, which I found enthralling, informative, and innovative, but which is also littered with the sorts of problems that arise when the methodology is really thought through. The first 200 pages or so left me captivated, but the book began wearing out its welcom...
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    Aug 01, 2019
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  • Laura Atherton
    Dec 14, 2019
    An excellent book. ...
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    Aug 08, 2019
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    Dec 03, 2019
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  • Kristine Haukeli
    Nov 06, 2019
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  • Edward Baker
    Sep 07, 2019
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  • Amber L
    Oct 28, 2019
    I learnt so much from this incredible book, following the author's self-funded journey to find and understand communities of people across the black diaspora who have settled in Europe over the centuries. Afropeans dispels the myth that mass migration is a recent thing; it's completely...
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    Jun 10, 2019
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    Nov 30, 2019
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    Aug 07, 2019
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    Dec 11, 2019
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