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Encyclopedia of African American Society
     

Encyclopedia of African American Society

by Gerald D. Jaynes (Editor)
 

This two-volume reference seeks to capture the ways in which the tenets and foundations of African American culture have given rise to today's society. Approaching the field from a "street level" perspective, these two volumes cover topics of universal interest in America: rap music, sports, television, cinema, racism, religion, literature, and much more. The

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This two-volume reference seeks to capture the ways in which the tenets and foundations of African American culture have given rise to today's society. Approaching the field from a "street level" perspective, these two volumes cover topics of universal interest in America: rap music, sports, television, cinema, racism, religion, literature, and much more. The Encyclopedia of African American Society is also the first comprehensive yet accessible reference set in this field to give voice to the turbulent historical trends–slavery, segregation, "separate but equal "–that are often ignored in favor of mere facts. This is a definitive, reliable, and accessible entry point to learning the basics about African American society.

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Library Media Connection
"In nearly 700 A-Z articles ranging from a paragraph to a few pages, this reference work presents African Americans in historical, cultural, and social context. And, it is this context that sets it apart... This work gains immediacy through well-chosen b&w photographs and through occassional and appropriate sidebars... Even schools with African American history and culture well represented in their reference sections should consider adding this work. Highly Recommended. "
Multicultural Review
"Jaynes's work attempts to focus on social events, ideas, and issues of consequence that provide 'the source of continuing cohesiveness' allowing the world to think in terms of an 'African American society'. . . . Jaynes's volumes should find a place in all secondary school and undergraduate libraries. "— Anthony J. Adam
Choice Magazine
"In his introduction, Jaynes states that the objective of this two-volume set is ‘tp provide a reference base for those interested in obtaining information about the significant events, institutions, and activities that have taken African Americans along the path leading to their present positions and that have provided the source of continuing cohesiveness that allows both African Americans and the rest of the world to think of Americans of African decent in the terms that justify the nomenclature ‘African American society.’. . . . This reference source will prove useful to any African American studies collection, especially those serving high school students and undergraduates; for serious researchers it will be valuable as a starting point. "— N.M. Allen
Multicultural Review - Anthony J. Adam
"Jaynes's work attempts to focus on social events, ideas, and issues of consequence that provide 'the source of continuing cohesiveness' allowing the world to think in terms of an 'African American society'. . . . Jaynes's volumes should find a place in all secondary school and undergraduate libraries."
CHOICE - N.M. Allen
"In his introduction, Jaynes states that the objective of this two-volume set is ‘tp provide a reference base for those interested in obtaining information about the significant events, institutions, and activities that have taken African Americans along the path leading to their present positions and that have provided the source of continuing cohesiveness that allows both African Americans and the rest of the world to think of Americans of African decent in the terms that justify the nomenclature ‘African American society.’. . . . This reference source will prove useful to any African American studies collection, especially those serving high school students and undergraduates; for serious researchers it will be valuable as a starting point."
Library Media Connection (starred review)
"In nearly 700 A-Z articles ranging from a paragraph to a few pages, this reference work presents African Americans in historical, cultural, and social context. And, it is this context that sets it apart... This work gains immediacy through well-chosen b&w photographs and through occassional and appropriate sidebars... Even schools with African American history and culture well represented in their reference sections should consider adding this work. Highly Recommended."
Library Journal
Although remarkably different in many ways, these reference works actually overlap. The highly selective Encyclopedia of Black Studies (EBS), edited by Asante, founding editor of Journal of Black Studies, and colleague Mazama (both African American studies, Temple Univ.), focuses on the conceptual, often reading like a basic textbook, with good suggestions for further reading. It is made up of 240-plus signed essays examining key issues related to black studies, from its emergence in the 1960s to the present, including the relationship of African American studies to African studies, the culture wars of the 1980s, and the Marxist influence on the lives of African Americans. The lists of doctoral programs, major journal titles, and professional associations are helpful inclusions. However, some omissions are quite shocking: while the Mali Empire and Mansa Kankan Musa earn attention, for example, there is no entry for the Civil Rights Movement or for a monumental figure like Martin Luther King Jr. The editors' desire to escape the limiting perspectives of African American studies and embrace a more expanded view of black studies cannot exonerate them from such brazen oversights. Encyclopedia of African American Society (EAAS), on the other hand, is truly comprehensive. Edited by Jaynes (African American studies & economics, Yale Univ.; Branches Without Roots: Genesis of the Black Working Class in the American South, 1862-1882), the two-volume set touches on virtually every aspect of African American life and history, including entertainment, literature, politics, religion, sports, and law. In more than 700 signed essays, it recounts the intellectual underpinnings that defined a people and their movements, explains actions that transformed a nation, and describes the personalities and realities that shaped and continue to shape the black experience in America. Unlike the EBS, which aims for a larger perspective, the EAAS, as if to counter the former, works to maintain an African American focus. Thus, the two works complement each other well, though more by their omissions than by any positive design. Bottom Line Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, edited by Henry Louis Gates and others, surpasses both of these resources in scope and dimension. Comprehensive academic collections, however, may want to consider them, though they are best purchased as a pair.-Edward K. Owusu-Ansah, CUNY Coll. of Staten Island Lib. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761927648
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Edition description:
Volume 1 & Volume 2
Pages:
1112
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

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