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Oduduwa's ChainLocations of Culture in the Yoruba-Atlantic$
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Andrew Apter

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226506388

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226506555.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Oduduwa's Chain

Andrew Apter

University of Chicago Press

Does Yoruba culture exist, and if so, where and when is it located in West Africa and the Americas? This is the question posed in the introduction, which argues for a critically reformulated culture concept that accounts for Yoruba-Atlantic trajectories without reifying culture as a fixed tablet of tradition. Yoruba culture should be neither essentialized nor disavowed as the source of its New World manifestations. Rather it can be reformulated as a regenerative framework that was not merely produced by historical actors, but shaped New World Creole societies in significant ways.

Keywords:   Yoruba culture, Yoruba-Atlantic, Creole societies

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