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Title:Cosmopolitanism: why nineteenth century Gold Coast thinkers matter in the twenty-first century
Author:Brizuela-Garcia, EsperanzaISNI
Periodical:Ghana Studies (ISSN 1536-5514)
Geographic term:Ghana
About persons:Joseph Ephraim Casely Hayford (1866-1930)ISNI
John Mensah Sarbah (1864-1910)ISNI
Carl Christian Reindorf (1834-1917)ISNI
Abstract:This paper interrogates cosmopolitanism in the Gold Coast through the writings of Joseph Ephraim Casely- Hayford, John Mensah Sarbah and Carl Christian Reindorf. It explains that the literature on these nineteenth-century Gold Coast writers reveals an alternative narrative, one that is more firmly rooted in an understanding of the historical conditions that elicited and encouraged the ideas and works of these men. Ultimately, the author argues that the Gold Coast writers' written work offers examples of what she calls a tradition of cosmopolitan thinking. The questions that these authors addressed, as well as their strategies, illustrate a long tradition of cosmopolitan thinking that speaks to the challenges facing modern Ghana, and Africa more generally. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]