This book offers both a philosophical and sociological model for understanding the constitution of identity in general, and black social identity in particular, without reverting to either a social or racial deterministic view of identity construction. Using a variant of structuration theory (phenomenological structuralism) this work, against contemporary postmodern and post-structural theories, seeks to offer a dialectical understanding of the constitution of black American and British life within the class division and social relations of production of the global capitalist world-system, while accounting for black social agency.
Introduction 1. Theorizing about Black Practical Consciousness in the United States and United Kingdom 2. Industrial Modernity, Du Boisian Double Consciousness; Post-Industrialism, Postmodernity/Post-Structuralism and Intersectionality 3. Phenomenological Structuralism 4. A Phenomenological Structural Constitution of Modern Society: "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism" 5. Subject Constitution Within the Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism of Industrial and Postindustrial Capitalism 6. The Constitution of Black America Within the Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism 7. The Constitution of Black British Life Within the Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism 8. The African-Americanization of the Black Diaspora in Globalization or the Contemporary Capitalist World-System 9. Conclusions