Making It on Broken Promises: African American Male Scholars Confront the Culture of Higher Education / Edition 1

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Sixteen of America's leading scholars offer an uncompromising critique of the academy from their perspective as African American men. They challenge dominant majority assumptions about the culture of higher education, most particularly its claims of openness to diversity and divergent traditions. What is remarkable about the chapters that make up this book—despite the authors' different paths to success, their disparate fields of study, and their distinct voices-is their almost unanimous message that higher education is inimical to African Americans. They take issue with the processes that determine what is legitimized as scholarship, as well as with who wields the power to authenticate it. They describe the debilitating pressures to subordinate Black identity to a supposedly universal but hegemonic Eurocentric culture. They question the academy's valuing of individuality and its privileging of dichotomy over their cultural styles of community, humanism and synthesis. They also range over such issues as culturally mediated styles of cognition, the misuse of standardized testing, the disproportionate burden of service placed on African American faculty and a reward system that discounts it. Given stature of these authors, and their outspoken message, this book demands attention from leaders and faculty in predominantly White institutions, as well as from Black scholars and graduates aspiring to a career in higher education.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This volume consists of 15 essays that address some of the most important issues black scholars face in the environment of contemporary higher education. These essays not only effectively document the root causes of an inimical environment that is reflective of both the structure and culture of higher learning in the US but also propose solutions that would aid in the transformation of this hostile environment into one that would more culturally and structurally reflect the heritage and identity of black scholars. The collective writings of these scholars also fuction as one of the solutions, i.e., being a council of Jegnoch (Elders) in higher education for other African Americans who are already involved or are becoming involved in higher education. The positions and propositions put forth in this work demand the attention and support of white administrators and faculty at all levels of higher learning. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels."

"I believe the information provided can be useful to those who work with diverse populations in general and African American males in particular. I would recommend this book to advisors because of the insight it providea about what their student group may experience prior to and during their college careers."

"This book provides an occasion to examine the complex conjuncture between the White supremacist realities of the American Academy and the often threatening presence of brilliant Black men in the Academy. This challenging book should also serve as an inspiration for a new generation of Black men deeply devoted to the life of the mind in or outside the Academy."

Cornel West
This book provides an occasion to examine the complex conjuncture between the White supremacist realities of the American Academy and the often threatening presence of brilliant Black men in the Academy. This challenging book should also serve as an inspiration for a new generation of Black men deeply devoted to the life of the mind in or outside the Academy.
Jones' (education, The Florida State U.) collection of 15 essays examines the foundational and root causes of inequality faced by African American males in higher education. Written by 16 noted African American scholars, they offer an insider's perspective on the social struggles of African American males, the pressures to subordinate Black identity and cultural styles within a Eurocentric culture and educational system, the isolation of African American students and faculty, the underrepresentation of African Americans in the Ph.D. ranks, and the prerequisites for administrative positions in higher education. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579220501
  • Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee Jones is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Instruction and Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the College of Education, The Florida State University.
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Table of Contents

Foreword: Cornel West; Preface: Lee Jones; 1. A Message From Our Elders: Lee Jones; 2. The Data Speak: No Rest For The Weary: William B. Harvey; 3. The Psychological Dilemma Of African American Academicians: Na'im Akbar; 4. One By One Or One: Africans And The Academy: Asa G. Hilliard III; 5. Examining The Pitfalls Facing African American Males: Cyrus Marcellus Ellis; 6. Equity And Excellence: Is There Room For African American Ph.D.'S? Charles Rankin; 7. Come So Far, But So Far To Go: Interview With Dr. Joseph White: Joseph White And Kamau Siwatu; 8. Understanding The Socialization Process: William H. Watkins; 9. Culture, Style And Cognition: Expanding The Boundaries Of The Learning Paradigm In The Community College: Irving Pressley McPhail; 10. The Role Of Black Colleges In Educating African American Men: An Interview With Nathan McCall: Nathan McCall And Tony Anderson; 11. Afrocentricity And The African American Male In College: Molefi Kete Asante; 12. Affective Computing: The Reverse Digital Divide: Clarence 'Skip' Ellis; 13. Visualizing The Framework For Access And Success: Democracy Demands That We Care: Frank W. Hale, Jr.; 14. From Na Ezaleli To The Jegnoch: The Force Of The African Family For Black Men In Higher Edication: Wade W. Nobles; 15. The Prerequisites For Academic Leadership: Charlie Nelms

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