African Video Movies and Global
Desires is the first full-length scholarly study of
Ghana's commercial video industry, an industry that has produced
thousands of movies over the last twenty years and has grown into
an influential source of cultural production. Produced and consumed
under circumstances of dire shortage and scarcity, African video
movies narrate the desires and anxieties created by Africa's
incorporation into the global cultural economy.
Drawing on archival and ethnographic research conducted in Ghana
over a ten-year period, as well as close readings of a number of
individual movies, this book brings the insights of historical
context as well as literary and film analysis to bear on a range of
movies and the industry as a whole. Garritano makes a significant
contribution to the examination of gender norms and the ideologies
these movies produce.
African Video Movies and Global Desires
is a historically and theoretically informed cultural history of an
African visual genre that will only continue to grow in size and
Subjects: Sociology, Art & Art History
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