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Handbook of Black Studies

Handbook of Black Studies

  • Molefi Kete Asante - Temple University, USA, Associate Professor, School of Journalism & Communication, University of Queensland
  • Maulana Karenga - California State University, Long Beach, USA

November 2005 | 472 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Handbook of Black Studies is the first resource to bring together research and scholarship in the field of African-American studies in one volume. Editors Molefi Kete Asante and Maulana Karenga, along with a pre-eminent group of contributors, examine various aspects of the field of Black Studies. Organized into three parts, this Handbook explores historical and cultural foundations, philosophical and conceptual bases, and critical and analytical concepts.

Key Features:  
  • Presents Historical and Cultural Foundations: More than a chronicle of black culture or black people, this volume examines the emergence and maturity of the Black Studies field. Designed to be the principal reference work for the state of the field in African American Studies, this handbook covers the intent, function, and scope of the field with some suggestions about its future directions.
  • Explores Philosophical and Conceptual Bases: Numerous theoretical and methodological adventures are examined, as well as research practices among scholars. A comprehensive, Pan-African approach to the field is provided as the contributions to this volume are not limited to discussing one area of the African world.
  • Addresses Critical and Analytical Concepts: Researchers demonstrating intellectual rigor through unique and interesting projects are contributors to this volume. Black Studies is portrayed in a world context, not an "ethnic" volume, but a resource dealing with an important modern discipline whose practitioners and interests cross many borders.
Intended Audience:  
Perfect resource for any academic library; as well as graduate students and researchers seeking to ascertain the current state of the research in African American Studies

Molefi Kete Asante and Maulana Karenga
PART I: Historical and Cultural Foundations
The Intellectual Basis of the Black Studies Discourse
Interdisciplinary, Transdisciplinary or Unidisciplinary: Africana Studies and the Vexing Question of Definition

Ama Mazama
Black to the Future: Black Studies and Network Nommo

Norman Harris
Impact and Significance in the Academy
African Communication Patterns and the Black Studies Inheritance

Charles Okigbo
Women in the Development of Africana Studies

Delores P. Aldridge
Theorizing in Black Studies
Afrocentricity and Racial Socialization Among African American College Students

P. Masila Mutisya and Louie E. Ross
Philosophy and Practice for Black Studies: The Case of Researching White Supremacy

Mark Christian
Researching the Lives of the Enslaved: The State of the Scholarship

Katherine Olukemi Bankole
Antiracism: Theorizing in the Context of Perils and Desires

George J. Sefa Dei
PART II. Philosophical and Practical Bases
Reflection and Knowledge
Graduate Studies Programs in African American Studies

Ama Mazama
Africana Critical Theory of Contemporary Society: The Role of Radical Politics, Social Theory, and Africana Philosophy

Reiland Rabaka
Afrocentricity: Notes on a Disciplinary Position

Molefi Kete Asante
Black Studies, Social Transformation and Education
Revisiting Brown, Reaffirming Black: Reflections on Race, Law and Struggle

Maulana Karenga
African American Politics: The Black Studies Perspective

Charles P. Henry
Black Studies in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Daryl Zizwe Poe
African American Studies Programs in North America and the Teaching of Africa: Myth, Reality, and Reconstruction

Emmanuel Ngwainmbi
An African Nationalist Ideology in Diaspora and the Development Quagmire: Political Implications

Cecil Blake
PART III. Critical and Analytical Measures
Analytical Methods
The Canons of Afrocentric Research

Ruth Reviere
Africana Studies and the Problems in Egyptology: The Case of Ancient Egyptian Kinship

Troy Allen
The Context of Agency: Liberating African Consciousness From Postcolonial Discourse Theory

Virgilette Nzingha Gaffin
Kilombismo: An African Brazilian Orientation to Africology

Elisa Larkin Nascimento
Black Studies and the Social Work Paradigm: Implications of a New Analysis

Mekada Graham
The Pursuit of Africology: On the Creation and Sustaining of Black Studies

Molefi Kete Asante
Data Collection and Reporting
The Interview Technique as Oral History in Black Studies

Diane D. Turner
Decapitated and Lynched Forms: Suggested Ways of Examining Contemporary Texts

Willie Cannon-Brown
Film as Historical Method in Black Studies: Documenting the African Experience

Adeniyi Coker
PART IV. The Future of the Field
Sciences, Agency, and the Discipline
Social Discourse Without Abandoning African Agency: An Eshuean Response to Intellectual Dilemma

Molefi Kete Asante
Social Science and Systematic Inquiry in Africana Studies: Challenges for the 21st Century

James B. Stewart
The Field, Function and Future of Africana Studies: Critical Reflections on Its Mission, Meaning and Methodology

Maulana Karenga
Appendix. The Naming of the Discipline: The Unsettled Discourse
About the Editors and Contributors
Key features
  1. The first handbook that brings together research and scholarship in the field of African-American or Black Studies.
  2. All contributors will be pre-eminent scholars in the field.
  3. The Editors are two of the most prominent scholars in the field with high name recognition.
  4. Excellent 3-Part organization brings the latest conceptual and analytical thinking into focus.

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