Quest for Community and Identity: Critical Essays in Africana Social Philosophy

Quest for Community and Identity: Critical Essays in Africana Social Philosophy

by Robert E. Birt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742512916

ISBN-13: 9780742512917

Pub. Date: 12/15/2001

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

This collection of essays engages two of the most fundamental social and political issues of our time: community and identity. Wrestling with the perplexities of these two issues within the Africana world, the contributors delve into the influences of a postmodern world of globalization with outdated, crumbling forms of identity and sociality. In the wake of such…  See more details below

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This collection of essays engages two of the most fundamental social and political issues of our time: community and identity. Wrestling with the perplexities of these two issues within the Africana world, the contributors delve into the influences of a postmodern world of globalization with outdated, crumbling forms of identity and sociality. In the wake of such an order, new forms of identity and community must be established. Birt has collected an informed group of contributors here, who lay the foundation for a new approach to finding community and identity in the Africana world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742512917
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/15/2001
Series:
New Critical Theory Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Pt. 1Exploring Perplexities of Identity
1Racism, Historical Ruins, and the Task of Identity Formation15
2To Be or Not to Be Black: Problematics of Racial Identity29
3Postmodernism, Narrative, and the Question of Black Identity45
4Du Bois and Appiah: The Politics of Race and Racial Identity73
Pt. 2In Quest of Community: Sociality and Situated Freedom
5Of the Quest for Freedom As Community87
6Sociality and Community in Black: A Phenomenological Essay105
Pt. 3Historical Crises of Identity and Community
7Visions of Transcendent Community in the Works of Toni Morrison127
8Paulette Nardal, Race Consciousness, and Antillean letters143
9The Revival of Black Nationalism and the Crisis of Liberal Universalism159
10Commodification and Existence in African American Communities185
Pt. 4Liberalism, Postmodernism, and the Quest for Community
11Black Philosophy As a Challenge to Liberalism211
12Democracy, Transitional Justice, and Postcolonial African Communities229
13Community: What Type of Entity and What Type of Moral Commitment?243
14Theorizing Black Community257
Selected Bibliography285
Index287
About the Contributors289

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