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The Predicament of Blackness: Postcolonial Ghana and the Politics of Race

Summary of Book by Jemima Pierre, 2012
Published by University of Chicago Press

Jemima Pierre is concerned with the question of race in Ghana, a subject which provoked surprise during her research, as she was often asked to explain its relevance and validity. Pierre responds persuasively, suggesting that her work does not intend to pose the global resonance of race, but rather to think about the contemporary processes of racialization in Ghana. Pierre confronts the assumption that “race” as it is presently articulated in the country as an imported product from the “West”, reading Ghana as a modern postcolonial space that is also a racialised one; as contemporary realities are shaped by the images, constitutions, institutions and relationships with the structures of the colonial moment, and the design and politics of “racecraft”.