Justin Williams. 2016. Pan-Africanism in Ghana: African Socialism, Neoliberalism, and Globalization

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Justin Williams. 2016. Pan-Africanism in Ghana: African Socialism, Neoliberalism, and Globalization


Weldegebriel, Zerihun Berhane, African Studies Quarterly


Justin Williams. 2016. Pan-Africanism in Ghana: African Socialism, Neoliberalism, and Globalization. Durham: Carolina Academic Press. 175 pp.

This book deals with Pan-Africanism focusing on Ghana's historical experiences since independence and explores the various ways by which Pan-African ideas have been used to shape various political ideologies. In the first part of the book, the author gives a brief summary of the origin of Pan-African movement in conjunction with the historical and global movements in the Caribbean and Americas. Asserting that the Pan-African movement occurred in five phases, the author provided an exposition into how the movement transformed from a response to the dispossession and dehumanization of African identity to that of serving as an ideological platform for cooperation between people of African descent and as a struggle for the political union of an independent Africa.

By focusing on Ghana's history, the book offers a unique perspective to looking back at the history of Pan-Africanism in conjunction with how the legacies of Nkrumah lived on and keep on shaping Ghanaian politics from his time to the present. Here, the book discusses how Nkrumah used Pan-African ideas along with African nationalism and socialism to gain political currency and how this helped him to become a prominent voice and promoter of Pan-Africanism. Thus, by seeking the liberation of the entire continent from colonial rule and offering assistance to other African nationalists, Nkrumah helped bring about the Organization of African Unity. This led to a greater articulation and later on, to the institutionalization of the Pan-African movement, which increasingly came to be characterized by the political collaboration of black leaders across the continent.

Moving beyond history and using an interdisciplinary approach, the author covers a wide range of topics that touches up on political science, anthropology, economics, and heritage tourism. In doing so, the book managed to provide a holistic understanding of the subject. …

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