African Homecoming: Pan-African Ideology and Contested Heritage

1st Edition

Katharina Schramm

Routledge
Published September 15, 2010
Reference - 319 Pages
ISBN 9781598745146 - CAT# Y288073
Series: UCL Institute of Archaeology Critical Cultural Heritage Series

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Summary

African Americans and others in the African diaspora have increasingly “come home” to Africa to visit the sites at which their ancestors were enslaved and shipped. In this nuanced analysis of homecoming, Katharina Schramm analyzes how a shared rhetoric of the (Pan-)African family is produced among African hosts and Diasporan returnees and at the same time contested in practice. She examines the varying interpretations and appropriations of significant sites (e.g. the slave forts), events (e.g. Emancipation Day) and discourses (e.g. repatriation) in Ghana to highlight these dynamics. From this, she develops her notions of diaspora, home, homecoming, memory and identity that reflect the complexity and multiple reverberations of these cultural encounters beyond the sphere of roots tourism.

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