ISBN 9789988647964
Pages 312
Dimensions 234 x 156mm
Published 2011
Publisher Sub-Saharan Publishers, Ghana
Format Paperback

Identity Meets Nationality

Voices from the Humanities

edited by Helen Lauer, Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, Jemima A. Anderson

Questions about how social conditioning and historical circumstances influence assumptions about who we are and how others perceive who we are have attracted wide ranging discussion across the disciplines in the arts, humanities and allied sciences. Simultaneously, since the Independence period, scholars have deliberated over the varied implications of new states emerging throughout Africa. The peer-reviewed selected papers for this anthology represent a cross section of the diverse perspectives reflecting research and cross-disciplinary collaborations undertaken by members of the University of Ghana faculty and graduate students working in archaeology, literary criticism of African as well as English and Russian literatures, economics, history, cognitive psychology, linguistics, dance, music, philosophy, sociology, and the study of religions.

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Review

“The idea of identity usually comes into the focus of earnest discussion when there is a crisis of self-identity. In Africa the crisis has been the after-effect of our previous subjection to colonisation. Colonialism subjugated our people both culturally and politically. It is true that independence brought us some gains. But still our achievements in the decolonisation of various aspects of our life leave much to be desired. We need to examine or re-examine those aspects to find out which bespeak undue influences of the colonial past.”

Prof. Emeritus Kwasi Wiredu, Dept. of Philosophy, University of South Florida
About the Editor

Helen Lauer

Helen Lauer is an associate professor and currently the head of the Philosophy and Classics Department of the University of Ghana Legon. She received her PhD in Philosophy from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate and Research Center.

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