1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Pan-Africanism

Edited By Reiland Rabaka Copyright 2020
    568 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    568 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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 



    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