The Demise of the Inhuman: Afrocentricity, Modernism, and Postmodernism

The Demise of the Inhuman: Afrocentricity, Modernism, and Postmodernism

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9781438452258
Pub. Date:
07/01/2014
Publisher:
State University of New York Press

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Overview

The Demise of the Inhuman: Afrocentricity, Modernism, and Postmodernism

Employs a critical Afrocentric reading of Western constructions of knowledge so as to overcome the dehumanizing tendencies of modernity.

Winner of the 2015 Best Scholarly Book Award presented by the Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement

Afrocentricity is the most intellectually dominant idea in the African world, one that is having a growing impact on social science discourse. This paradigm, philosophically rooted in African cultures and values, fundamentally challenges major epistemological traditions in Western thought, such as modernism and postmodernism, Marxism, existentialism, feminism, and postcolonialism. In The Demise of the Inhuman, Ana Monteiro-Ferreira reviews what Molefi Kete Asante has called the “infrastructures of dominance and privilege,” arguing that Western concepts such as individualism, colonialism, race and ethnicity, universalism, and progress, are insufficient to overcome various forms of oppression. Afrocentricity, she argues, can help lead us beyond Western structures of thought that have held sway since the early fifteenth century, towards a new epistemological framework that will enable a more human humanity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438452258
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ana Monteiro-Ferreira is Assistant Professor of Africology and African American Studies at Eastern Michigan University.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Molefi Kete Asante
Preface
Acknowledgments
Relevance of a Dialogue

1. Context and Theory: Molefi Kete Asante and the Afrocentric Idea

2. Reason and Analysis: Africana and New Interpretations of Reality

3. Afrocentricity and Modernism: Innovative Encounters with History and Ideology

4. Afrocentricity and Postmodernism: The Moment of Truth

5. The Paradigmatic Rupture: Critical Africology

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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