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The Akan Diaspora in the Americas
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The Akan Diaspora in the Americas

Kwasi Konadu

Abstract

Since the Herskovits‐Frazier debate of the 1940s, African diasporic research in the Americas has been marked not only by an uninterrupted focus on West Africa but also by an equally incessant neglect of the Akan. Accounting for 10 percent of the total number of African captives who embarked for the Americas, the Akan diaspora not only shaped and brought into sharp relief the diasporic themes of maroonage, resistance, and freedom but also complicated these themes in that the displaced Akan created their own social orders based on foundational cultural understandings. Between the sixteenth and n ... More

Keywords: Akan diaspora, Gold Coast (Ghana), West Africa, language, spiritual practice, maroonage, culture, medicinal knowledge, diasporic Africans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195390643
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390643.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kwasi Konadu, author
Center for Ethnic Studies, City University of New York
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