Africana Critical Theory

Africana Critical Theory

by Reiland Rabaka
     
 

ISBN-10: 073912885X

ISBN-13: 9780739128855

Pub. Date: 01/16/2009

Publisher: Lexington Books

Building on and going far beyond W.E.B. Du Bois and the Problems of the Twenty-First Century and Du Bois's Dialectics, Reiland Rabaka's Africana Critical Theory innovatively identifies and analyzes continental and diasporan African contributions to classical and contemporary critical theory. This book represents a climatic critical theoretical clincher that

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Building on and going far beyond W.E.B. Du Bois and the Problems of the Twenty-First Century and Du Bois's Dialectics, Reiland Rabaka's Africana Critical Theory innovatively identifies and analyzes continental and diasporan African contributions to classical and contemporary critical theory. This book represents a climatic critical theoretical clincher that cogently demonstrates how Du Bois's rarely discussed dialectical thought, interdisciplinarity, intellectual history-making radical political activism, and world-historical multiple liberation movement leadership helped to inaugurate a distinct Africana tradition of critical theory. With chapters on W.E.B. Du Bois, C.L.R. James, Negritude (Aime Cesaire and Leopold Senghor), Frantz Fanon and Amilcar Cabral, Africana Critical Theory endeavors to accessibly offer contemporary critical theorists an intellectual archaeology of the Africana tradition of critical theory and a much-needed dialectical deconstruction and reconstruction of black radical politics. These six seminal figures' collective thought and texts clearly cuts across several disciplines and, therefore, closes the chasm between Africana Studies and critical theory, constantly demanding that intellectuals not simply think deep thoughts, develop new theories, and theoretically support radical politics, but be and constantly become political activists, social organizers and cultural workers - that is, folk the Italian critical theorist Antonio Gramsci referred to as "organic intellectuals." In this sense, then, the series of studies gathered in Africana Critical Theory contribute not only to African Studies, African American Studies, Caribbean Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, and Postcolonial Studies, but also to contemporary critical theoretical discourse across an amazingly wide-range of "traditional" disciplines, and radical political activism outside of (and, in many instances, absolutely against) Europe's ivory towers and the absurdities of the American acade

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739128855
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
01/16/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
452
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

1 (Re) Introducing the Africana Traditon of Critical Theory: Posing Problems and Searching for Solutions 2 W. E. B. Du Bois: The Soul of a Pan–African Marxist Male–Feminist 3 C. L. R. James: Pan–African Marxism Beyond All Boundaries 4 Aimé Césaire and Léopold Senghor: Revolutionary Negritude and Radical New Negroes 5 Frantz Fanon: Revolutionizing the Wretched of the Earth, Radicalizing the Discourse of Decolonization 6 Amilcar Cabral: Using the Weapon of Theory to Return to the Source(s) of Revolutionary Decolonization and Revolutionary Re-Africanization 7 Africana Critical Theory: Overcoming the Aversion to New Theory and New Praxis in Africana Studies and Critical Social Theory

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