Katharina Schramm

African Homecoming

Pan-African Ideology and Contested Heritage

Left Coast Press 2010

Books ReceivedBooks Received: African American StudiesBooks Received: African StudiesBooks Received: AnthropologyBooks Received: Sociology May 15, 2016

African Americans and others in the African diaspora have increasingly come home to Africa to visit the sites at which their ancestors were enslaved...

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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