Imagining Futures: Memory and Belonging in an African Family (Paperback)

Imagining Futures: Memory and Belonging in an African Family By Carola Lentz, Isidore Lobnibe Cover Image

Imagining Futures: Memory and Belonging in an African Family (Paperback)


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What keeps a family together? In Imagining Futures, authors Carola Lentz and Isidore Lobnibe offer a unique look at one extended African family, currently comprising over five hundred members in Northern Ghana and Burkina Faso.

Members of this extended family, like many others in the region, find themselves living increasingly farther apart and working in diverse occupations ranging from religious clergy and civil service to farming. What keeps them together as a family? In their groundbreaking work, Lentz and Lobnibe argue that shared memories, rather than only material interests, bind a family together.

Imagining Futures explores the changing practices of remembering in an African family and offers a unique contribution to the growing field of memory studies, beyond the usual focus of Europe and America. Lentz and Lobnibe explore how, in an increasingly globalized, postcolonial world, memories themselves are not static accounts of past events but are actually malleable and shaped by both current concerns and imagined futures.

Carola Lentz is Senior Research Professor at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies, University of Mainz, and president of the Goethe Institute. She is author of Land, Mobility and Belonging in West Africa, which won Melville Herskovits Prize, and author (with David Lowe) of Remembering Independence. Isidore Lobnibe is a Professor of Anthropology and African Studies at Western Oregon University, Monmouth.
Product Details ISBN: 9780253060204
ISBN-10: 0253060206
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2022
Pages: 296
Language: English