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Encyclopedia of Black Studies

Encyclopedia of Black Studies

Edited by:
  • Molefi Kete Asante - Temple University, USA, Associate Professor, School of Journalism & Communication, University of Queensland
  • Ama Mazama - Temple University, USA

Other Titles in:
Black Studies

January 2005 | 568 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Encyclopedia of Black Studies will be the leading reference source for dynamic and innovative research on the Black Experience. The concept for the encyclopedia was developed from the successful Journal of Black Studies and contains a full analysis of the economic, political, sociological, historical, literary and philosophical issues related to Americans of African descent. The content is considerd at the forefront of the recent explosive growth in quality scholarship in the field.

More than a chronicle of black culture or black people, this encyclopedia deals with the emergence and maturity of an intellectual field over the past four decades. Beginning with the protests at San Francisco State College in 1967 that led to the first degree-granting department of Black Studies, the field's rapid growth over time necessitates an authoritative account of the discipline. More than ever scholars and students need a clear conception of what the evolutionary processes have been in the creation and maintenance of the discipline.

Key Features:

Over 240 signed articles by nearly 200 scholars, organized A to Z, with coverage spanning the social sciences

Edited by the founder and current editor of the Journal of Black Studies

Reader's Guide facilitates browsing by topic and easy access to information

Contains numerous illustrative charts, sidebars, and historical photographs

Appendices with listings of doctoral granting programs, major journals in the field, and professional and scholarly associations

Master Bibliography

Topics Covered

• Afrocentricity

• Annual Conferences

• Anti-Racism

• Arts

• Associations and Organizations

• Books

• Campus Politics

• Civil Rights

• Classical Africa

• Concepts

• Culture

• Departmental Histories

• Films

• Intellectual Schools

• Institutions

• Journals

• Legal Issues

• Movements

• Newspapers

• Political Issues

• Professional Organizations

• Publishers

• Racism

• Religion

• Reparations

• Research Centers

• Resistance

• Theories

• United States Constitution

"The book has an explanatory preface and excellent introduction that summarizes black studies for those unfamiliar with the field.  Most of the articles provide a short bibliography of further reading for those seeking more in-depth knowledge. ...This is a required text for large public libraries and all academic libraries.  It provides a thorough understanding of and easy reference into a growing, dynamic field of study."

Stephen Stratton

"Asante and the group originally centered at Temple University are credited with formalizing the discipline of Black Studies in the United States and make up most of the authors of this volume."

Anthony J. Adam
Prairie View A & M University
Multicultural Review

"Black studies has long needed this work to deflect and answer questions from critics and supporters. The editors set out to establish a baseline for understanding the field, to try in a work admittedly in progress to define the most commonly used ideas and concepts. . . . This work can be particularly helpful to scholars in tangentially related fields, helping them to know how black studies specialists define certain terms and concepts."

C. Williams
CUNY Hunter College

Asante offers students and educators an alternative perspective to the Eurocentric approach of the traditional college curriculum. Instead of interpreting social, political, historical and religious phenomena through the lenses of Western eyes, Afrocentricity seeks to identify the African place in such events. Emphasizing symbols, motifs, rituals and signs, this theory celebrates African cultural elements in all areas of life. . . . this formulation of the central ideas of an important group of scholars will be a valuable addition to many academic collections.

John R.M. Lawrence, Reference Librarian
East Carolina University

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ISBN: 9780761927624

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