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Routledge Handbook of Pan-Africanism

1st Edition

Edited by Reiland Rabaka


544 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367030667
pub: 2020-05-20
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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 twenty-first 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 thirty-six chapters by acclaimed established and emerging scholars, the handbook t 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

About the Editor

Reiland Rabaka is Professor of African, African American, and Caribbean Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. 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 fifty 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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Black Studies (Global)