Surviving in the metropole: the struggle for work and belonging amongst African colonial migrants in Weimar Germany

AITKEN, Robbie (2010). Surviving in the metropole: the struggle for work and belonging amongst African colonial migrants in Weimar Germany. Immigrants & minorities, 28 (2-3), 203-223.

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    Abstract

    This paper looks at the fate of the Africans in Germany during the Weimar Republic in terms of their search for belonging and struggle to find work. In doing so it allows for a discussion of the day-to-day experiences and survival strategies of Germany's African Diaspora, their struggle for political recognition and self-definition as well as economic survival. Their presence was tolerated by German officials only as long as it served the purpose of a German colonial propaganda which sought to regain the lost colonies. In the wider context of economic hardship in Germany and rising racial prejudice, particularly in the late 1920s, many of these migrants faced a continual struggle for economic survival. Increasingly, one of the means of carving out an existence remaining for members of the African Diaspora was to turn to the stage. Here they were asked to ‘perform’ their blackness – to take on roles of a constrictive nature, reflecting and reinforcing stereotypes of the Black as primitive or exotic.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Part of special issue: Belonging in Europe
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Humanities Research Centre
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/02619288.2010.484248
    Page Range: 203-223
    Depositing User: Lorna Greaves
    Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2012 13:13
    Last Modified: 13 Jun 2017 13:01
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5947

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