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Of Golden Anniversaries and Bicentennials

The Convergence of Memory, Tourism and National History in Ghana

Cheryl Finley

The year 2007 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Ghana and the two hundredth anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade. The Ghana Ministry of Tourism and Diasporan Affairs is planning the Joseph Project, a roots tourism initiative, aimed at ‘welcoming home’ its African diaspora. The historic slave forts and castles on Ghana’s coast are important sites for diasporic roots tourists, who also maintain symbolic links to Ghana’s independence movement through the history of Pan-Africanism. The Joseph Project uniquely includes a programme of national healing and atonement for African complicity in the slave trade and aims to remap national memory through tourism, education and the establishment of new museums, monuments and rituals.

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Agonistic Interpretation

A New Paradigm in Response to Current Developments

Nicole Deufel

forcefully in Basu’s (2007) examination of roots tourism to the Scottish Highlands. In roots tourism, members of a diaspora visit their ancestral place of origin. In Basu’s study, people described their journey as a pilgrimage in language that denotes their

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Cristiana Bastos

.1215/9780822386223 Skipper , Jodi , and Suzanne Renee Davidson . 2018 . “ The Big House as Home: Roots Tourism and Slavery in the USA .” International Journal of Tourism Anthropology 6 ( 4 ): 390 – 410 . doi: 10.1504/IJTA.2018.096372 . 10.1504/IJTA.2018