People of the Zongo: The Transformation of Ethnic Identities in Ghana

People of the Zongo The Transformation of Ethnic Identities in Ghana Dr Schildkrout probes questions of ethnicity religion cultural change and the African national identity in this study of the immigrant community of Kumasi Ghana s second largest city She compares f

  • Title: People of the Zongo: The Transformation of Ethnic Identities in Ghana
  • Author: Enid Schildkrout
  • ISBN: 9780521040532
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dr Schildkrout probes questions of ethnicity, religion, cultural change and the African national identity in this study of the immigrant community of Kumasi, Ghana s second largest city She compares first and second generation immigrants those born in their rural homelands, and those born in Ghana in terms of their orientation to politics, to kinship, and to communitDr Schildkrout probes questions of ethnicity, religion, cultural change and the African national identity in this study of the immigrant community of Kumasi, Ghana s second largest city She compares first and second generation immigrants those born in their rural homelands, and those born in Ghana in terms of their orientation to politics, to kinship, and to community participation The author explores the meaning of ethnic identity for rural and urban born immigrants, and establishes certain generalizations about ethnicity based on these comparisons The book discusses the issues of migration, particularly interregional migration the position of the stranger questions of cultural change in modern Africa the generational gap in the African context the questions of citizenship and national identity in Africa today, and the emergence of new identities, regional, national and religious This book has importance not only as a local case study that gives a full description of West African urban life, but also as a theoretical reconsideration of ethnicity that has application outside the African context.

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