Publication Date

April 2009

Advisor(s)

Ulysse, Gina

Major

African American Studies; Anthropology

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

In this thesis, I draw upon interactions with African Americans living in Ghana as a means to explore some of the many factors that contribute to the acceptance of an African Diasporan identity in popular conceptions of Blackness in the United States. I seek to understand some of the complexities within Black American identites in regard to the formation of diasporan consciousnesses and the development of Pan-Africanist thought. I also explore conceptions of "home" in relation to African Diasporan identity construction and its associations with notions of "return" to a homeland or place of origin.

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