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Of Homecomings and Homesickness: The Question of White Angolans in Post-Colonial Portugal

Of Homecomings and Homesickness: The Question of White Angolans in Post-Colonial Portugal

Chapter:
(p.183) Chapter 10 Of Homecomings and Homesickness: The Question of White Angolans in Post-Colonial Portugal
Source:
Africa in Europe
Author(s):
Cecilie Øien
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846318474.003.0010

This chapter presents an ethnographic study of the perceptions of home and belonging of white Angolans living in Portugal since decolonisation, and the differences between their self-understanding and the dominant public narrative that treats Angolan-born Whites as Portuguese returning to the homeland. White Angolans typically had ongoing relationships with both black and white Angolan friends and partners, and maintained a critical approach to colonial history since the time they lived in Africa. The rejection they face shows that they present a challenge to the post-colonial national discourse that distinguishes between African-black and Portuguese-white and thus to a state-building process that while formally democratic depends on forms of exclusion, exposing ‘Luso-Tropicalism’ as a myth.

Keywords:   Portugal, white Africans, Angola, Luso-Tropicalism, ethnography

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