An Imagined Ghana: African-American and African-Caribbean diasporic identity formation after repatriation
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Recently, many African-American and African-Caribbean people have repatriated to Ghana. The year 2019 has been launched as the Year of Return by the President of Ghana, various organisations, and ministries of Ghana. In this study, the following research-question was studied: How do African-Americans and African-Caribbean people, who migrated to Ghana to return to their (imagined) roots, construct their ongoing project of return migration? Therefore, we conducted anthropological research in and around Accra, Ghana, for a period of ten weeks between February and April 2019. This thesis focuses on the imagination within identity formations. Here, ideologies of Pan-Africanism, Rastafari and Back to Africa movements, approaches to development, the underlying embodiments of blackness and whiteness by African diasporans, and the complex relationships with Ghanaians all play a role in the construction of African diasporic identities within the new social context of Ghana.