Following a history of racial oppression and segregation, Black Americans were able to move in greater numbers into previously all- or predominantly-White colleges and universities. However, they encountered normative structures that excluded or distorted the Black experience and denied Black perspectives. As a result, Black studies grew up reconstructing the humanity of a historically oppressed, devalued, and exploited group. Knowledge production in Black studies offers distinct insights into the strength and resiliency of the human spirit and poses exemplary models for enlightened social change.
This book examines the foundational parameters and historical mission of the field of African-American Studies, which emerged from a broad-based Black intellectual tradition defined by the metaproblem of cultural hegemony. Semmes seeks to broaden our thinking about the scope and content of Black studies. The End of Black Studies identifies Afrocentric or Black-centered approaches to knowledge production that are distinctly different from, yet inclusive of, a historiographical emphasis on ancient Egypt, but alternative to the claim of a singular African worldview.
This book will appeal to students and scholars interested in the field of Black Studies, including African American studies, Africana studies, Africology, and Pan-African studies. It will be a source of critical discussion for graduate seminars examining theory building and/or knowledge production (research and writing) in Black studies.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: The End of Black Studies: Conceptual, Theoretical, and Empirical Concerns
1. The End of Black Studies and the Closing of Oppositional Discourse
2. Minority Status and the Problem of Legitimacy
3. Religion and the Challenge of Afrocentric Thought
4. Existential Sociology or the Sociology of Group Survival , Elevation, and Liberation
5. Foundations in Africana Studies: Revisiting Negro Digest/Black World, 1961-1976.
6. The Normative Assault on Black Studies
7. Entrepreneur of Health: Dick Gregory, Black Consciousness, and the Human Potential Movement
8. E. Franklin Frazier’s Theory of the Black Family: Vindication and Sociological Insight
Conclusions: Toward the End of Black Studies
Clovis E. Semmes is Professor Emeritus of African-American Studies at Eastern Michigan University, USA and Professor of Black Studies and Sociology at University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA.