In Transatlantic Liverpool: Shades of the Black Atlantic, Mark Christian presents a Black British study within the context of the transatlantic and Liverpool, England. Taking a semi-autoethnographic approach based on the author's Black Liverpool heritage, Christian interacts with Paul Gilroy's notion of the Black Atlantic. Yet, provides a fresh perspective that takes into account a famous British slave port's history that has been overlooked or under-utilized. The longevity of Black presence in the city involves a history of discrimination, stigma, and a population group known colloquially as Liverpool Born Blacks (LBBs). Crucially, this book provides the reader with a deeper insight of the transatlantic in regard to the movement of Black souls and their struggle for acceptance in a hostile environment. This book is an evocative, passionate, and revealing read.
Mark Christian is professor in the Department of Africana Studies at the City University of New York.
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"Transatlantic Liverpool: Shades of the Black Atlantic, by Mark Christian, is one of the most remarkable contemporary intellectual auto-ethnographies. Christian, a brilliant and insightful scholar, has integrated his theoretical, biographical, and critical observations to produce the most, to date, profound book on race and culture in Britain. Using the backdrop of his ancestry as the tapestry of color, rhythm, and dance on which he placed the abiding issue of white racial supremacy, Christian makes the pitch for a more human and a more humane construction of culture. With this work, and its strong Afrocentric understanding, Mark Christian has asserted his dominance in the field of race and culture in Britain, with implications for the rest of the world."
"Extending the Black Atlantic paradigm of Paul Gilroy to a single city in England, a city that was directly tied to slavery and to which Frederick Douglass escaped to give a speech against slavery in 1846, this is a combative contribution to knowledge from the critical perspective of Africana Studies. Mark Christian contests the stigmatization of Liverpool Born Black people like himself. His attention to major current events, autobiographical details, theoretical and methodological issues, makes this book engaging to read."
"An extraordinary and deeply personal analysis of the Black experience framed from a British perspective. Yet, this book offers insights into the universal experience of African-descendant people in white dominated communities throughout the African Diaspora. Dr. Christian's work is a valuable contribution not only to the literature on the Black Atlantic, but to the collective body of works that speak to the fight for freedom, human dignity, and liberation for all members of the African Diaspora."
"A ground-breaking social history of Liverpool's Black communities from an insider. Centered on the experiences of the Christian family, but also placing these in the wider context of Liverpool's history, this pioneering study provides an autoethnographic approach to dual heritage, miseducation, state and other forms of racism, football, and much else besides. Indispensable."
"Transatlantic Liverpool is a semi-autoethnography that draws on and analyzes the lived experiences of Mark Christian and connects those insights to an examination of Africana Studies. Christian challenges Paul Gilroy’s ‘black Atlantic’ which describes a cultural-political space that is not specifically African, American, Caribbean, or British, but is a hybrid mix of all of these. Transatlantic Liverpool is an enlightening, well-written, and lively analysis within Africana critical studies."