Social, Cultural, and Civic Life

Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)


This chapter looks at associational contacts and informal social relationships. Amongst associational contacts, an attempt is made to examine the involvement of ‘Black Africans’ in home associations and other African voluntary organisations and ‘categoric’ contacts via volunteering and involvement in politics. The focus on casual, informal social relations includes friendship patterns and networks, interethnic relationships and unions, caring responsibilities, and group and community experiences (of conviviality and friendship). Intermarriage between Black Africans and other groups during the past several decades is investigated. The growing importance of globalisation and transnationalism, manifested through return visits to the migrant’s country of origin and remittances, is also investigated.


Social Capital Civic Engagement Ethnic Minority Group Civic Participation African Diaspora 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Health Services StudiesUniversity of KentCanterburyUK
  2. 2.Department of Public HealthUniversity of Liverpool in LondonLondonUK

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