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Imagining Futures

Memory and Belonging in an African Family

by Carola Lentz and Isidore Lobnibe

Published by: Indiana University Press

304 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in, 26 b&w illus., 1 map

This book can be purchased from this website 60 days before the publish date

  • Paperback
  • 9780253060204
  • Published: May 2022

$40.00

This book can be purchased from this website 60 days before the publish date

  • Hardcover
  • 9780253060211
  • Published: May 2022

$90.00

This book can be purchased from this website 60 days before the publish date

  • eBook
  • 9780253060198
  • Published: May 2022

$39.99

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.