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Title:The African American Factor in the Commodification of Ghana's Slave Castles
Author:Osei-Tutu, Brempong
Year:2002
Periodical:Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana (ISSN 0855-3246)
Issue:6
Pages:115-133
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
Subjects:slave trade
conservation of cultural heritage
monuments
trading posts
History and Exploration
Ethnic and Race Relations
History, Archaeology
slavery
Historic sites
history
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41406672
Abstract:This case study of the 1991-1996 multi-million dollar project to restore Cape Coast and Elmina Castles, Ghana, for cultural exposition and tourism development, highlights the contradictions between the Ghanaian authorities' quest for economic self-determination through the restoration and commodification of these World Heritage monuments, and African Americans' preference for preserving the same monuments as shrines not to be desecrated. It raises questions about commodification, ownership and representation of the monuments with African Americans and Ghanaians as stakeholders in a transnational landscape. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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