The Emigrants - Ann Arbor Paperbacks (Paperback)George Lamming (author)
This is the epic journey of a group of West Indians who emigrate to Great Britain in the 1950s in search of educational opportunities unattainable at home. Seeking to redefine themselves in the "mother country," an idealized landscape that they have been taught to revere, the emigrants settle uncomfortably in England's industrial cities. Within two years, ghettoization is firmly in place. The emigrants discover the meaning of their marginality in the British Empire in an environment that is unexpectedly hostile and strange. For some, alienation prompts a new sense of community, a new sense of identity as West Indians. For others, alienation leads to a crisis of confrontation with the law and fugitive status.
There is a wealth of information here about the genesis of the black British community and about the cultural differences between the black British and West Indian/Caribbean.
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
Weight: 375 g
Dimensions: 203 x 133 mm
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