1st Edition

Pan-Africanism, and the Politics of African Citizenship and Identity

ISBN 9781138952959
Published October 12, 2015 by Routledge
268 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

There is no recent literature that underscores the transition from Pan-Africanism to Diaspora discourse. This book examines the gradual shift and four major transformations in the study of Pan-Africanism. It offers an "academic post-mortem" that seeks to gauge the extent to which Pan-Africanism overlaps with the study of the African Diaspora and reverse migrations; how Diaspora studies has penetrated various disciplines while Pan-Africanism is located on the periphery of the field. The book argues that the gradual shift from Pan-African discourses has created a new pathway for engaging Pan-African ideology from academic and social perspectives. Also, the book raises questions about the recent political waves that have swept across North Africa and their implications to the study of twenty-first century Pan-African solidarity on the African continent. The ways in which African institutions are attracting and mobilizing returnees and Pan-Africanists with incentives as dual-citizenship for diasporans to support reforms in Africa offers a new alternative approach for exploring Pan-African ideology in the twenty-first century. Returnees are also using these incentives to gain economic and cultural advantage. The book will appeal to policy makers, government institutions, research libraries, undergraduate and graduate students, and scholars from many different disciplines.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Toyin Falola and Kwame Essien  Part One: Historicizing Pan-Africanism and the Contradictions  1. Pan African Theory’s Impact on the Development of Afrocentric Education in Jamaica  Jamaine Abidogun  2. "Africa, the Land of Our Fathers": The Emigration of Charlestonians to Liberia in the Nineteenth Century  Lawrence Aje  3. Liberia After Creation: Whither the Pan-Africanist Dream  Inyang Etim Bassey  4. Pan-Africanism and Slave Rebellions: The Interconnections  Aminah Wallace  Part Two: Pan-African Citizenship, Identity and Entitlements: The Place of Pan-Africanism in Reverse Diaspora Migrations  5. The Global Implications of Pan Africanism and the Establishment of "New Communities" in Africa: The Case of Victoria in Southwest Cameroon  Richard Agbor A. Enoh  6. "Performance" in Trans-Atlantic Communities in Africa: The Case of Brazilian-Africans and American-Africans in Ghana  Kwame Essien  7. Mobilizing the African Diaspora for Development: The Politics of Dual Citizenship in Ghana  George M. Bob-Milliar and Gloria K. Bob-Milliar  8. Citizens and Strangers in the Virgin Forest Together?: Migrations and Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Oral Histories of Sefwi Debiso Community of Western Ghana  Augustine Tawiah  Part Three: Re-Evaluating Pan-Africanism, the Challenges in the Past and the Way Forward  9. Nationality and the Pan-African State  Vincent Dodoo and Wilhelmina Donkoh  10. Critical Departures in the Practice of Pan-Africanism in the New Millennium  Harry Odamtten  11. Pan-Africanism and the Place of Africa in Contemporary World Power Politics  Sharon A. Omotoso and Emmanuel A. Layode  12. The Spirit of Pan-Africanism and Nationalist Consciousness: The Way Forward in the 21st Century  Segun Ogungbemi  13. Pan-Africanism in World Politics: The Geopolitics of the Pan-African Movement, 1900-2000  G.N. Uzoigwe

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Toyin Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History at the University of Texas at Austin.

Kwame Essien is an Assistant Professor of History at the Department of History and Africana Studies at Lehigh University, Bethlehem-PA.