Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Katherine Olukemi Bankole
Cultural relocation, sometimes referred to as cultural reclamation, is a central theme in Africana life and a cultural concept in the Afrocentric study of Africana history and culture. The term originated in the United State in the early 19th century; it is associated with various movements in the Africana experience: Pan-Africanism, Négritude, New Negro, and black Nationalism. The concept should not be confused with the cultural explication of the black experience, which narrates text and contemporary contexts without specific cultural meaning for Africana peoples. In addition, the concept is more than a black diaspora aspiration to embrace an ancient African ancestry. Rather, it is a social, cultural, and political statement of black unity and Africanity. Cultural relocation, once recognized only as a life theme for Africans in the diaspora, has also become a regenerative concept for indigenous African people. It is a response to the holocaust of enslavement (Middle Passage), ...