Dispatches from the Ebony Tower: Intellectuals Confront the African American Experience

Dispatches from the Ebony Tower: Intellectuals Confront the African American Experience

by Manning Marable
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231114761

ISBN-13: 9780231114769

Pub. Date: 03/23/2000

Publisher: Columbia University Press

What constitutes black studies and where does this discipline stand at the end of the twentieth century? In this wide-ranging and original volume, Manning Marable -one of the leading scholars of African American history -gathers key materials from contemporary thinkers who interrogate the richly diverse content and multiple meanings of the collective

Overview

What constitutes black studies and where does this discipline stand at the end of the twentieth century? In this wide-ranging and original volume, Manning Marable -one of the leading scholars of African American history -gathers key materials from contemporary thinkers who interrogate the richly diverse content and multiple meanings of the collective experiences of black folk.Here are numerous voices expressing very different political, cultural, and historical views, from black conservatives, to black separatists, to blacks who advocate radical democratic transformation. Here are topics ranging from race and revolution in Cuba, to the crack epidemic in Harlem, to Afrocentrism and its critics. All of these voices, however, are engaged in some aspect of what Marable sees as the essential triad of the black intellectual tradition: describing the reality of black life and experiences, critiquing racism and stereotypes, or proposing positive steps for the empowerment of black people. Highlights from Dispatches from the Ebony Tower: ·Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Manning Marable debate the role of activism in black studies. ·John Hope Franklin reflects on his role as chair of the President´s race initiative. ·Cornel West discusses topics that range from the future of the NAACP through the controversies surrounding Louis Farrakhan and black nationalism to the very question of what "race" means. ·Amiri Baraka lays out strategies for a radical new curriculum in our schools and universities. ·Marable´s introduction provides a thorough overview of the history and current state of black studies in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231114769
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
03/23/2000
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Introduction: Black Studies and the Racial Mountain1
Part 1Theorizing the Black World: Race in the Postcolonial, Post-Civil Rights Era
1.Toward an Effective Antiracism31
2.The Political Moment in Jamaica: The Dimensions of Hegemonic Dissolution52
3.Sandoms and Other Exotic Women: Prostitution and Race in the Carribean75
4.Race and Revolution in Cuba: African American Perspectives90
5.The Fire This Time: Harlem and Its Discontents at the Turn of the Century108
6.Crack Cocaine and Harlem's Health121
Part 2Mapping African American Studies
7.African American Studies and the "Warring Ideals": The Color Line Meets the Borderlands141
8.The Future of Black Studies: Political Communities and the "Talented Tenth"153
9.Black Studies and the Question of Class158
10.Black Studies: A Critical Reassessment162
11.Black Studies Revisited171
12.Theorizing Black Studies: The Continuing Role of Community Service in the Study of Race and Class177
13.A Debate on Activism in Black Studies186
Part 3Afrocentricity and Its Critics
14.Afrocentricity, Race, and Reason195
15.Afrocentrics, Afro-elitists, and Afro-eccentrics: The Polarization of Black Studies Since the Student Struggles of the Sixties204
16.Reclaiming Culture: The Dialectics of Identity210
17.Afrocentrism, Cultural Nationalism, and the Problem with Essentialist Definitions of Race, Gender, and Sexuality216
18.Afrocentricity and the American Dream224
19.Multinational, Multicultural America Versus White Supremacy236
Part 4Race and Ethnicity in American Life
20.The Problematics of Ethnic Studies243
21.Prophetic Alternatives: A Conversation with Cornel West265
22.Race in American Life: A Conversation with John Hope Franklin280
Contributors301
About the Editor309
Index311

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