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Strings AttachedAIDS and the Rise of Transnational Connections in Africa$
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Nadine Beckmann, Alessandro Gusman, and Catrine Shroff

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265680

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265680.001.0001

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From an Activist’ s Point of View: Experiencing Transnational Dynamics among African Migrant Communities in the UK

From an Activist’ s Point of View: Experiencing Transnational Dynamics among African Migrant Communities in the UK

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(p.69) 4 From an Activist’ s Point of View: Experiencing Transnational Dynamics among African Migrant Communities in the UK
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Strings Attached
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Ijeoma Ajibade

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265680.003.0004

This essay provides a practical illustration of how transnational dynamics are taking place within African migrant communities in the UK. It discusses the work of three community organisations from the perspective of a religious leader who also considers herself to be an activist. It explores her thoughts on the kinds of dynamics that she has witnessed within her community work. In this way the chapter provides a perspective of UK/African transnational dynamics which is rooted in practical experience. It shows the ways in which myths and prejudice about sexuality and HIV can be challenged at community level by allowing migrant communities to take the lead in addressing these issues within their communities. Through this process individuals are able to negotiate both their sexuality and HIV in a way that takes account of their conservative cultures. This process of learning and change is not limited to the specific communities involved, but has an impact on the host country through the public policy process.

Keywords:   Community activism, African migrants in the UK

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