What is the meaning of blackness in Africa While much has been written on Africas complex ethnic and tribal relationships, Jemima Pierres groundbreaking The Predicament of Blackness is the first book to tackle the question of race in West Africa through its postcolonial manifestations Challenging the view of the African continent as a nonracialized spaceas a fixed historic source for the African diasporashe 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 Ghanas history as a major port in the transatlantic slave trade and the subsequent and disruptive forces of colonialism and postcolonialism, Pierre examines key facets of contemporary Ghanaian society, from the pervasive significance of whiteness to the practice of chemical skin bleaching to the governments active promotion of Pan African heritage tourism Drawing these and other examples together, she shows that race and racism have not only persisted in Ghana after colonialism, but also that the beliefs and practices of this modern society all occur within a global racial hierarchy In doing so, she provides a powerful articulation of race on the continent and a new way of understanding contemporary Africaand the modern African diaspora....
|Title||:||The Predicament of Blackness: Postcolonial Ghana and the Politics of Race|
|Publisher||:||University of Chicago Press November 27, 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
|File Size||:||665 KB|
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The Predicament of Blackness: Postcolonial Ghana and the Politics of Race Reviews
This is an excellent text on race theory outside of the US context and Black Atlantic epistemology. Pierre chooses to focus not on race in Ghana, but rather on processes and politics of racialization. As she states, "The goal of this book is to provide a framework for conceptualizing these experiences and practices that together represent the material, cultural, and political realities of this modern moment in continental Africa and beyond—the history and processes of racialization" (Pierre 143). She makes "the case both for recognizing postcolonial African societies as structured through and by global White supremacy (Mills 1998) and for addressing such societies within current discussions of race and Blackness" (Pierre 1).
This is an excellent scholarly text that goes beyond typical discussions of race and Diaspora. Pierre names White supremacy directly and shows how it shapes Blackness. I particularly appreciate how she intersects a theoretical discussion of Whiteness with her "autoethnographic" reflexivity in certain places. I assigned sections of this text to an Introductory Anthropology class and it was very beneficial.