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The Predicament of Blackness: Postcolonial Ghana and the Politics of Race

Jemima Pierre


What is the meaning of blackness in Africa? This book tackles the question of race in West Africa through its postcolonial manifestations. Challenging the view of the African continent as a nonracialized space—as a fixed historic source for the African diaspora—the book envisions Africa, and in particular the nation of Ghana, as a place whose local relationships are deeply informed by global structures of race, economics, and politics. Against the backdrop of Ghana's history as a major port in the transatlantic slave trade and the subsequent and disruptive forces of colonialism and postcolonia ... More

Keywords: blackness, Africa, diaspora, Ghana, postcolonialism, colonialism, whiteness, heritage tourism, race, racism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226923024
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226923048.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jemima Pierre, author