This book examines the psychosocial experiences of foreign workers from Africa and its diaspora in China, within the context of international socio-economic forces. By exploring employment-based migration from a psychoanalytic perspective, this volume investigates the utility of adaptive ambivalence and the challenges that migrant workers face around issues of self-development, agency, and identity. Through a careful analysis of interviews with Africana people, the author demonstrates that the capacity to be reflective and resilient alongside having a strong and diversified support network are crucial for the psychological well-being of those living and working in unfamiliar geographic and cultural conditions.

chapter 1|17 pages


chapter 2|30 pages

Self in the World

chapter 3|28 pages

Adaptive Ambivalence

chapter 4|25 pages

Modernity and Migration

chapter 5|31 pages

Race and Ethnicity

chapter 6|36 pages

Contemporary Blackness in China

Psychosocial Perspectives, Aspirations, and Constraints

chapter 7|21 pages

Africana Persons and Self-Making in China