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Building on and going a long way past W.E.B. Du Bois and the issues of the Twenty-First Century and Du Bois's Dialectics, Reiland Rabaka's Africana severe Theory innovatively identifies and analyzes continental and diasporan African contributions to classical and modern serious conception. This ebook represents a climatic severe theoretical clincher that cogently demonstrates how Du Bois's infrequently mentioned dialectical idea, interdisciplinarity, highbrow history-making radical political activism, and world-historical a number of liberation circulate management helped to inaugurate a unique Africana culture of severe idea. With chapters on W.E.B. Du Bois, C.L.R. James, Negritude (Aime Cesaire and Leopold Senghor), Frantz Fanon and Amilcar Cabral, Africana severe concept endeavors to accessibly supply modern severe theorists an highbrow archaeology of the Africana culture of severe idea and a much-needed dialectical deconstruction and reconstruction of black radical politics. those six seminal figures' collective concept and texts essentially cuts throughout numerous disciplines and, consequently, closes the chasm among Africana reviews and significant thought, continually challenging that intellectuals no longer easily imagine deep suggestions, improve new theories, and theoretically aid radical politics, yet be and consistently turn into political activists, social organizers and cultural staff - that's, folks the Italian serious theorist Antonio Gramsci known as 'organic intellectuals.' during this experience, then, the sequence of reviews accrued in Africana serious Theory give a contribution not just to African reports, African American reviews, Caribbean experiences, Cultural stories, Gender stories, and Postcolonial reviews, but in addition to modern severe theoretical discourse throughout an amazingly wide-range of 'traditional' disciplines, and radical political activism outdoor of (and, commonly, completely opposed to) Europe's ivory towers and the absurdities of the yank academy.

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In The Hermeneutics of African Philosophy, the Eritrean philosopher, Tsenay Serequeberhan (1994), correctly contends that “political ‘neutrality’ in philosophy, as in most other things, is at best a ‘harmless’ naïveté, and at worst a pernicious subterfuge for hidden agendas” (p. 4). Each discipline has an academic agenda. Therefore, the theories and methodologies of a discipline promote the development of that particular discipline. , a theory about theorizing) that purports absolute truth that transcends the interests of specific theorists and their theories, have been and are being vigorously rejected by Africana Studies scholars and students (see Asante, 1990, 1998, 2003a, 2007a; Azevedo, 2005; Ba Nikongo, 1997; BonillaSilva and Zuberi, 2008; Conyers, 2003; Gordon, 2006a; Norment, 2007a, 2007b; Zuberi, 2001).

For Marxism, for instance, it was not so much its notion of “science” over all other forms of socialist theory, nor its promise of a world to win, that may have struck a resonating chord in the hearts of black Marxists. It was, instead, Marx and Engels’ famous encomium of the proletarians’ having nothing to lose but their chains. Such a call has obvious affinity for a people who have been so strongly identified with chattel slavery. (p. 4, emphasis in original) 26 Chapter 1 It is important to understand and critically engage why continental and diasporan Africans have historically and continue currently to embrace Eurocentric theory.

H. Collins, 1998; R. S. Turner, 1996). Social theories, in a general sense, are simultaneously heuristic and discursive devices for exploring and explaining the social world. They accent social conditions and can often provoke social action and political praxis. Social theories endeavor to provide a panoramic picture that enables individuals to conceptualize and contextualize their life-worlds and lived-experiences within the wider field of sociopolitical relations and institutions. Additionally, social theories can aid individuals in their efforts to understand and alter particular sociopolitical events and artifacts by analyzing their receptions, relations, and ongoing effects.

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