African American Studies (Introducing Ethnic Studies)

African American Studies (Introducing Ethnic Studies)

By: Jeanette R. Davidson (editor)Hardback

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This book is intended for use with undergraduate/ beginning graduate students in African American Studies, American Studies and Ethnic Studies. Readers are presented with foundational content in the discipline. Section I focuses on the historical development of the field and the diverse theoretical perspectives utilized in African American Studies. Section II examines African American Studies' commitment to community service and social activism, and includes exclusive interviews with acclaimed actor/activist Danny Glover and renowned scholar, Manning Marable. Section III presents international perspectives, with chapters written by a former United States ambassador and a British scholar who has taught Black Studies in the US and the UK. Section IV includes selected areas of scholarship: Oral History as an important research methodology, illustrated with a powerful first person account of torture experienced by a member of the San Francisco 8 whose legal case garnered international attention; African American Philosophy; African Aesthetics (song and dance); perspectives on Womanism, Black Feminism and Africana Womanism with a focus on literature; and African American Religion. The book concludes with African American Studies' strengths and challenges and demonstrates that it is vital, transformative and sustainable for universities and communities. Chapters included in this volume represent the diverse, expansive nature of African American Studies and its characteristic interdisciplinarity. Key features: *Each chapter is original, and commissioned specifically for this book, with scholars from diverse areas of the field of African American Studies. *Includes two exclusive interviews: with Danny Glover, acclaimed actor and activist and with Manning Marable, one of the best known 'public intellectuals' in Black Studies in the US *Promotes many different 'voices', including a powerful first person description by one man of the torture he endured by US authorities *The dual purpose of African American Studies related to scholarship and education and the responsibility to social activism with communities is highlighted throughout

About Author

Jeanette R. (Carlisle) Davidson PhD ACSW is Director of African & African American Studies and Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Oklahoma. She has published extensively in areas of race and cultural competency; white privilege in academic and practice settings; and interracial marriage. She serves as a social work consultant and is a board member of local and national professional/community organizations. Professor Davidson was born in Scotland.


Dedication; Acknowledgements; Series Editor's Foreword; 1. Introduction, Jeanette R. Davidson; Part I: History and Theoretical Perspectives in African American Studies; 2. African American Studies: Discourses and Paradigms, Perry Hall; 3. Afrocentricity and Africology: Theory and Practice in the Discipline, Molefi Kete Asante; Part II: Community Service, Social Activism and the Academy; 4. Town and Gown: Reaffirming Social Responsibility in Africana Studies, Charles. E. Jones and Nafeesa Muhammad; 5. Reflections on the Journey: Interview with Danny Glover, Jeanette R. Davidson; 6. Black Studies for the Public: Interview with Manning Marable, Jeanette R. Davidson; Part III: International Perspectives; 7. Africa and its Importance to African American Studies, Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy Jr.; 8. Black Studies in the UK and US: A Comparative Analysis, Mark Christian; Part IV: Selected Areas of Scholarship; 9. Africana Studies and Oral History: A Critical Assessment, Leslie M. Alexander and Curtis J. Austin; 10. African American Philosophy: Through the Lens of Struggle , George Yancy; 11. Song and Dance Nexus in the Africana Aesthetic: An Approach, Melanie Bratcher; 12. Perspectives on Womanism, Black Feminism, and Africana Womanism, Maria D. Davidson and Scott Davidson; 13. Theorizing African American Religion, Victor Anderson; Part IV: Commentary; 14. African American Studies: Vital, Transformative and Sustainable, Jeanette R. Davidson and Tim Davidson; Notes on the Editor, Contributors and interviewees; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780748637140
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 328
  • ID: 9780748637140
  • weight: 627
  • ISBN10: 0748637141

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