Writing Home: An Auto-Ethnography of Space, Culture, and Belonging in Burkina Faso, West Africa

Ferdinand, R. (2015). Writing Home An Auto-Ethnography of Space, Culture, and Belonging in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Space and Culture, 18(1), 69-80.

Abstract
Africa as an ancestral home is a prominent theme among African Americans. Many have sojourned to Africa in the hopes of establishing a cultural or spiritual connection with the continent. This essay investigates the ways in which African Americans encounter African culture and space. Specifically, this is an auto-ethnographic essay that details the author’s diasporic identity transformation as a result of visiting the West African nation of Burkina Faso. Enabled by educational courses and through a living arrangement with a host family, the author establishes how Burkina Faso became a surrogate home.

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Details

Publication Type Journal article
Publisher SAGE journals
Author(s) Renata Ferdinand
DOI 10.1177/1206331213510445
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