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Although traditional academic circles rarely celebrate the work of African or African American thinkers because performers and political figures were more acceptable to narrating histories, this work projects the ideas of several writers with the confidence that Africology, the Afrocentric study of African phenomena, represents an oasis of innovation in progressive venues. The book brings together some of the most discussed theorists and intellectuals in the field of Africology (Africana Studies) for the purpose of sparking further debate, critical interpretations and extensions, and to reform and reformulate the way we approach our critical thought. The contributors' Afrocentric approach offers new interpretations and analysis, and challenges the predominant frameworks in diverse areas such as philosophy, social justice, literature, and history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498530729
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/14/2017
Series: Critical Africana Studies Series
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Molefi Kete Asante is current chair and creator of the first doctoral program in African American studies at Temple University and co-editor of the Journal of Black Studies.

Clyde Ledbetter Jr. is instructor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Science at Cheyney University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Contemporary Critical Contours: Africology and Africana Studies, Molefi Kete Asante and Clyde E. Ledbetter, Jr.
Chapter 1: Decolonizing the Universities in Africa: An Approach to Transformation, Molefi Kete Asante
Chapter 2: Postmodernist Diversions In African American Thought , Daryl B. Harris
Chapter 3: Afrocentricity: A Critical Bibliography, Molefi Kete Asante
Chapter 4: Boundless James Baldwin: Assessing the Creative Freedom of a Cultural Critic, Aaron X. Smith
Chapter 5: The Role of an Afrocentric Ideology in Reducing Obstacles to Integration, Molefi Kete Asante
Chapter 6: Writing History and Reading Texts: An Afrocentric Narrative of Culture, Nilgun Anadolu Okur
Chapter 7: Retrospective Analysis: The Movement Against African Centered Thought, Michael T. Tillotson
Chapter 8: Lewis Gordon’s Existential Cartography, Molefi Kete Asante
Chapter 9: Human Rights Studies as a Sub-Field of Africology, Clyde E. Ledbetter, Jr.
Chapter 10: Engaging Kwame Nkrumah’s Consciencism: An Afrocentric Close Reading, Molefi Kete Asante
Chapter 11: African and African Diaspora Culture in the World, Molefi Kete Asante
Chapter 12: Interrogating the Legacy of African Contributions, Molefi Kete Asante
Chapter 13: The Universal Periodic Review and Malcolm X’s Human Rights Strategy, Clyde E. Ledbetter, Jr.

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