Social distance between local residents and African-American expatriates in the context of Ghana’s slavery-based heritage tourism

AKB Yankholmes, Dallen J Timothy

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Abstract

This paper explores the social distance between local residents and African–Americans who havesettled in Ghana since the 1960s. Data generated from in‐depth interviews suggest the African–American expatriates felt their proximity to collective slave memory or particularly slavery heritageconferred on them certain rights to exclude local residents who are more susceptible to forgettingthe past. By appropriating traces of the past, the African–American expatriates provide a range oftourism services, albeit to visitors they believed subscribed to socially constructed meaningselicited at slave sites. The study suggests explicit recognition of African–American expatriates inthe levels of contestations that result from slavery‐based heritage tourism

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-495
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Research
Volume19
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • African–American expatriates
  • Ghana, strangers
  • Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • slavery-based heritage tourism
  • social distance

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