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Title:Rites of Passage, Routes of Redemption: Emancipation Tourism and the Wealth of Culture
Author:Hasty, Jennifer
Year:2002
Periodical:Africa Today
Volume:49
Issue:3
Period:Fall
Pages:47-76
Language:English
Geographic terms:Ghana
Africa
Subjects:diasporas
pan-Africanism
commemorations
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_today/v049/49.3hasty.pdf
Abstract:This paper examines how the government of Ghana has appropriated, crafted, and 'repatriated' a Caribbean holiday, 'Emancipation Day', for celebration as a tourist holiday. Commemorating the abolition of slavery in the British colonies, Emancipation Day has been transformed by the Ghana Ministry of Tourism into a Pan-African event to attract summer tourists from the African diaspora, involving them in performances of culture and history. Exploring the perspectives of African Americans, Ghanaians, and the State on the celebration of this holiday, the author points to the contradictions among local, national and global agendas that emerge in this revival. She argues that this form of contemporary Pan-Africanism is designed to channel flows of meaning and capital around these contradictions. Circumnavigating confrontation and negotiation among the groups involved, events connected with this holiday depoliticize and ultimately undermine the emancipatory project of Pan-Africanism. Bibliogr., notes, ref, sum. [Journal abstract]
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