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Routledge Handbook of Pan-Africanism

Edited By

Reiland Rabaka

ISBN 9780367030667
Published May 18, 2020 by Routledge
568 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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The Routledge Handbook of Pan-Africanism provides an international, intersectional, and interdisciplinary overview of, and approach to, Pan-Africanism, making an invaluable contribution to the ongoing evolution of Pan-Africanism and demonstrating its continued significance in the 21st century.

The handbook features expert introductions to, and critical explorations of, the most important historic and current subjects, theories, and controversies of Pan-Africanism and the evolution of black internationalism. Pan-Africanism is explored and critically engaged from different disciplinary points of view, emphasizing the multiplicity of perspectives and foregrounding an intersectional approach. The contributors provide erudite discussions of black internationalism, black feminism, African feminism, and queer Pan-Africanism alongside surveys of black nationalism, black consciousness, and Caribbean Pan-Africanism. Chapters on neo-colonialism, decolonization, and Africanization give way to chapters on African social movements, the African Union, and the African Renaissance. Pan-African aesthetics are probed via literature and music, illustrating the black internationalist impulse in myriad continental and diasporan artists’ work. 

Including 36 chapters by acclaimed established and emerging scholars, the handbook is organized into seven parts, each centered around a comprehensive theme:

  • Intellectual origins, historical evolution, and radical politics of Pan-Africanism
  • Pan-Africanist theories
  • Pan-Africanism in the African diaspora
  • Pan-Africanism in Africa
  • Literary Pan-Africanism
  • Musical Pan-Africanism
  • The contemporary and continued relevance of Pan-Africanism in the 21st century

The Routledge Handbook of Pan-Africanism is an indispensable source for scholars and students with research interests in continental and diasporan African history, sociology, politics, economics, and aesthetics. It will also be a very valuable resource for those working in interdisciplinary fields, such as African studies, African American studies, Caribbean studies, decolonial studies, postcolonial studies, women and gender studies, and queer studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: On the Intellectual Elasticity and Political Plurality of Pan-Africanism

Reiland Rabaka

Part 1: Intellectual Origins, Historical Evolution, and Radical Politics of Pan-Africanism   

1. The Origins and Evolution of Pan-Africanism

Mark Malisa and Thelma Quardey Missedja 

2. The Politics of Pan-Africanism

William B. Ackah 

3. The Political Economy of Pan-Africanism: Imagination and Renaissance

Abu Girma Moges and Mammo Muchie   

4. From Pan-Africanism to Black Internationalism

Charisse Burden-Stelly and Gerald Horne 

Part 2: Pan-Africanist Theories 

5. Black Nationalism

Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar 

6. Neo-Colonialism, Nkrumah and Africa-Europe Ties

Mark Langan 

7. Pan-Africanism and Decolonization: Between the Universal and the Particular

Andrew W.M. Smith 

8. Africanization: Historical and Normative Dimensions

Esperanza Brizuela-Garcia 

9. Black Consciousness

Ian M. Macqueen 

10. Afrocentricity

Molefi Kete Asante 

11. African Feminism

Marilyn Ossome 

12. LGBTQI+ People in Africa

Surya Monro, Zethu Matebeni and Vasu Reddy 

Part 3: Pan-Africanism in the African Diaspora 

13. W.E.B. Du Bois: From Pioneering Pan-Negroism to Revolutionary Pan-Africanism

Reiland Rabaka 

14. Caribbean Pan-Africanism

Rodney Worrell 

15. Pan-Africanism and the African Diaspora in Europe

Michael McEachrane 

16. Pan-Africanism in France

Annette Joseph-Gabriel 

17. "Long Live African Women Wherever They Are!": Black Women’s Pan-African Organizing during the Black Power Era

Ashley D. Farmer 

Part 4: Pan-Africanism in Africa 

18. Pan-Africanism in the Court: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Politics of Imperial Ethiopia

Fikru Negash Gebrekidan 

19. Kwame Nkrumah and Pan-Africanism in West Africa

Matteo Grilli 

20. Amilcar Cabral, Cabralism, and Pan-Africanism: The Dialectic of Revolutionary Decolonization and Revolutionary Re-Africanization

Reiland Rabaka 

21. Pan-Africanism and the Anti-Colonial Movement in Southern Africa, 1950s-1990s

Tavengwa Gwekwerere 

22. Women in Africa and Pan-Africanism

Kathleen Sheldon 

23. Queer Pan-Africanism in Contemporary Africa

Adriaan Van Klinken 

24. African Social Movements

Franco Barchiesi 

25. The African Union and the Institutionalisation of Pan-Africanism

Timothy K. Murithi 

Part 5: Literary Pan-Africanism 

26. Literary Pan-Africanism: Overview/Survey Essay

Christel N. Temple 

27. Literary Pan-Africanism in African Literature: The Epics of Chaka Zulu and Sundiata Keita

Babacar M’Baye 

28. Literary Pan-African in Caribbean Literature

Kersuze Simeon-Jones 

29. "…Black People, Come In, Wherever You Are…": Pan-Africanism and Black Internationalism in the Black Arts Movement

Anthony J. Ratcliff 

30. Maya Angelou’s Afrocentric Journalism: A Contribution to Pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance

Simphiwe Sesanti 

Part 6: Musical Pan-Africanism 

31. Pan-Africanism in Jazz

Karlton E. Hester 

32. Pan-Africanism in Funk

Rickey Vincent 

33. Pan-African Aesthetics: Pan-Africanism in Afro-Beat

Shawn O’Neal 

34. Hip Hop and Pan-Africanism

Harry Nii Koney Odamtten 

Part 7: The Contemporary and Continued Relevance of Pan-Africanism in the 21st Century 

35. The Contemporary Relevance of Pan-Africanism in the 21st Century

Mueni wa Muiu 

36. Pan-Africanism and African Unity

Guy Martin 


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Reiland Rabaka is Professor of African, African American, and Caribbean Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Additionally, he is a Research Fellow in the College of Human Sciences at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He is the author of more than 50 scholarly articles, book chapters, and essays, as well as more than a dozen books including: Du Bois’s Dialectics; Africana Critical Theory; Against Epistemic Apartheid: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Disciplinary Decadence of Sociology; Forms of Fanonism: Frantz Fanon’s Critical Theory and the Dialectics of Decolonization; Concepts of Cabralism: Amilcar Cabral and Africana Critical Theory; and The Negritude Movement.


"Edited by Rabaka (Univ. of Colorado, Boulder), this scholarly handbook provides a dynamic view of Pan-Africanism by exploring the Pan-African idea, movement, and its scholarship from international, intersectional, and interdisciplinary perspectives. Divided into seven parts, this reference offers researchers a complete and current overview of the origins, theories, literature, philosophical, and artistic influences that have shaped Pan-Africanism, focusing on both continental and diaspora African cultures, history, economics, and political and social movements. The handbook's 36 chapters, authored by expert and emerging scholars in the field, offer researchers an impressive range of scholarly yet accessible introductions to current and historic topics that include "African Feminism," "LGBTQI+ People in Africa," "Hip Hop and Pan-Africanism," "The politics of Pan Africanism," and decolonization, among others. The handbook's detailed coverage will provide undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers with a welcome array of scholarly voices to explain the evolution, importance, and future of Pan-Africanism. This text will be a valuable addition to any academic library collection supporting such disciplines as African, African American, and Caribbean studies; history; literature; music; political science; queer studies; and women and gender studies." --L. Lampert, California State University--Northridge