Understanding African Philosophy: A Cross-cultural Approach by Richard H. Bell

By Richard H. Bell

Realizing African Philosophy serves as a severe consultant to a couple of crucial concerns in glossy African philosophy. Richard Bell introduces readers to the complexity of Africa, the legacy of colonialism, the demanding situations of post-independence Africa, and different contemporary advancements in African Philosophy. Chapters talk about the price of African oral and written texts for philosophy, thoughts of 'negritude', 'African socialism' and 'race' in addition to present discussions in foreign improvement ethics hooked up to poverty and human discomfort. chapters are enthusiastic about ethical matters with regards to group, justice and civic accountability. Bell's sensitivity to and engagement with the issues of cross-cultural understandings aid non-African readers connect to African tradition and proposal.

Show description

Continue reading "Understanding African Philosophy: A Cross-cultural Approach by Richard H. Bell"

Behind the mask of the strong black woman: voice and the by Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant

By Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant

The defining caliber of Black womanhood is power, states Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant in "Behind the masks of the robust Black Woman". yet, she argues, the belief of power undermines its genuine functionality: to safeguard and preserve a stratified social order via obscuring Black women's stories of agony, acts of desperation, and anger. This provocative ebook lays naked the typical belief that power is an exemplary or defining caliber of 'authentic' Black womanhood. the writer, a famous sociologist, interviews fifty eight Black ladies approximately being robust and proud, to demonstrate their 'performance' of invulnerability. Beauboeuf-Lafontant explains how such habit ends up in critical indicators for those ladies, lots of whom be afflicted by consuming issues and melancholy. Drawing on Black feminist scholarship, cultural experiences, and women's historical past, "Behind the masks of the robust Black lady" strains the old and social impacts of normative Black femininity, taking a look at how notions of self-image and power create a distraction from broader forces of discrimination and tool.

Show description

Continue reading "Behind the mask of the strong black woman: voice and the by Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant"

The Fugitive's Properties: Law and the Poetics of Possession by Stephen M. Best

By Stephen M. Best

During this examine of literature and legislation ahead of and because the Civil warfare, Stephen M. most sensible indicates how American conceptions of slavery, estate, and the assumption of the fugitive have been profoundly interconnected. The Fugitive's houses uncovers a poetics of intangible, personified estate rising out of antebellum legislation, circulating via key nineteenth-century works of literature, and informing cultural varieties corresponding to blackface minstrelsy and early race films.Best additionally argues that felony ideas facing fugitives and indebted individuals supplied a cosmopolitan precursor to highbrow estate legislations because it handled rights in visual appeal, expression, and different summary elements of personhood. during this belief of estate as fleeting, certainly fugitive, American legislations preserved for far of the remainder of the century slavery's such a lot urgent felony vital: the construction of personhood as a industry commodity. by means of revealing the paradoxes of this dating among fugitive slave legislation and highbrow estate legislations, most sensible is helping us to appreciate how race completed a lot of its strength within the American cultural mind's eye. a piece of bold scope and compelling cross-connections, The Fugitive's houses units new agendas for students of yankee literature and criminal tradition.

Show description

Continue reading "The Fugitive's Properties: Law and the Poetics of Possession by Stephen M. Best"

Fearful Symmetries: Essays and Testimonies Around Excision by Chantal Zabus

By Chantal Zabus

Frequently labelled 'rituals' or 'customs', male circumcision and feminine excision also are irreversible amputations of human genitalia, with disastrous and now and then life-long effects for either ladies and men. besides the fact that, students and activists alike were diffident approximately creating a case for symmetry among those practices. worried Symmetries investigates the sociological, clinical, felony, and non secular justifications for male circumcision and feminine excision whereas it issues to varied symmetries and asymmetries of their discursive illustration in cultural anthropology, legislations, drugs, and literature. specialists were convened within the above fields - SAMI ALDEEB ABU-SAHLIEH, DOMINIQUE ARNAUD, LAURENCE COX, ROBERT DARBY, ANNE-MARIE DAUPHIN-TINTURIER, TOBE LEVIN, MICHAEL SINGLETON, J. STEVEN SVOBODA - besides first-person stories from J.K. BRAYTON, SAFAA FATHY, KOFFI KWAHULE?, and ALEX WANJALA. the amount covers a number of genres similar to sacred writings, literary and philosophical texts, web pages, songs, experiential vignettes, cartoons, and movie in addition to an enormous geographical spectrum - from Algeria, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Kenya, and Somalia to the then Congo and modern Northern Zambia; from Syria to Australia and the us. In addressing many variations of excision and circumcision in addition to different practices comparable to the elongation of the labia, and numerous kinds of circumcision in Jewish, Islamic, and African contexts, apprehensive Symmetries offers an exceptional, panoptical view of either practices.

Show description

Continue reading "Fearful Symmetries: Essays and Testimonies Around Excision by Chantal Zabus"

Langston Hughes: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies) by Laurie Leach

By Laurie Leach

Langston Hughes used to be raised via a grandmother who actively aided the Underground Railroad, and his first forays into poetry mirrored own stories of slavery and heroism. via his poetry, Hughes lived as much as a proud culture and endured the uplifting legacy of his race. He was once a renaissance guy in approximately each element of his existence, and his identify has develop into synonymous with the Harlem Renaissance stream he helped release. This biography strains Hughes' existence and creative improvement, from his early years of isolation, which fostered his fierce independence, to his prolific existence as a poet, playwright, lyricist, and journalist. Hughes' inspiring tale is advised via 21 attractive chapters, each one supplying a desirable vignette of the creative, own, and political institutions that formed his lifestyles. acknowledged are the pivotal advancements in his literary occupation, with all its struggles and rewards, in addition to his shuttle adventures to Africa, Europe, and Asia, and his political commitments to struggle fascism in addition to racism. A timeline, a particular bibliography of biographical and significant assets, and an entire record of Hughes' writings whole the quantity.

Show description

Continue reading "Langston Hughes: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies) by Laurie Leach"

The Making of a Black Scholar: From Georgia to the Ivy by Horace A. Porter

By Horace A. Porter

This beautiful and illuminating ebook is a memoir of a tender black guy relocating from rural Georgia to existence as a scholar and instructor within the Ivy League in addition to a background of the adjustments in American schooling that built based on the civil rights stream, the conflict in Vietnam, and affirmative motion. Born in 1950, Horace Porter begins out in rural Georgia in a home that has neither electrical energy nor working water. In 1968, he leaves his domestic in Columbus, Georgia—thanks to an instructional scholarship to Amherst College—and lands in an upper-class, usually white global. targeting such reports in his American schooling, Porter's tale is either distinctive and consultant of his time. The Making of a Black student is established round colleges. Porter attends Georgia's segregated black faculties till he enters the privileged international of Amherst university. He graduates (spending one semester at Morehouse university) and strikes directly to graduate examine at Yale. He begins his educating profession at Detroit's Wayne country college and spends the Eighties at Dartmouth university and the Nineties at Stanford college. Porter writes approximately operating to set up the ?rst black stories application at Amherst, the demanding situations of graduate learn at Yale, the notorious Dartmouth evaluation, and his conferences with such writers and students as Ralph Ellison, Tillie Olsen, James Baldwin, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. He ends via reflecting on an unexpected stream to the collage of Iowa, which he ties right into a go back to the values of his formative years on a Georgia farm. In his luck and the achievement of his educational aspirations, Porter represents an period, a iteration, of chance and fulfillment.

Show description

Continue reading "The Making of a Black Scholar: From Georgia to the Ivy by Horace A. Porter"

Portrait of a Scientific Racist: Alfred Holt Stone of by James G. Hollandsworth Jr.

By James G. Hollandsworth Jr.

Within the years after Reconstruction, racial stress soared, as many white southerners apprehensive approximately how you can care for the thousands of loose African american citizens between them--an factor they termed the "negro problem." In an try and retain the established order, white supremacists resurrected outdated proslavery arguments and sought new justification in medical theories purporting to "prove" humans of African descent inherently not as good as whites. In Portrait of a systematic Racist, James G. Hollandsworth, Jr., unearths how the conjectures of 1 of the country's so much well-liked racial theorists, Alfred Holt Stone, helped justify a repressive racial order that relegated African american citizens to the margins of southern society within the early 1900s. during this revealing biography, Hollandsworth examines the options and causes of this well known guy, focusing totally on Stone's so much in depth interval of theorizing, from 1900 to 1910. A devoted and vocal white supremacist, Stone believed black southern employees have been inherently lazy, a trait he attributed to their African genes and background. He asserted that slavery helped enhance the black race yet that possibilities nonetheless existed in the course of Reconstruction to mildew the freedmen into effective staff. Stone's central--yet unspoken--goal was once to plan the way to retain an obedient, effective exertions strength keen to paintings for low wages. Writing from either Washington, D.C. and his cotton plantation within the Mississippi Delta, Stone released a variety of essays and picked up over 3000 articles and pamphlets at the "American Race Problem"--including these written by way of sour racists and enthusiastic "race boosters."Though Stone lacked the credentials normally linked to scholarly specialists of the time, he grew to become an expert just about black american citizens, partially as a result of his shut friendship with fellow medical racist and statistician Walter F. Willcox. An early member of the yank monetary organization and different educational teams, Stone went directly to function head pupil of a department for race reviews in the Carnegie starting place. curiously, Stone recruited W. E. B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington to collaborate with him on an important research for the basis, carrying on with his tendency to include all views into his examine of race.Hollandsworth makes use of Stone's large correspondence with Willcox, Du Bois, and Washington, in addition to his own writings--both released and unpublished--to exhibit the secrets and techniques of this interesting, but faulty, determine.

Show description

Continue reading "Portrait of a Scientific Racist: Alfred Holt Stone of by James G. Hollandsworth Jr."

The Silencing of Ruby McCollum: Race, Class, and Gender in by Tammy D. Evans

By Tammy D. Evans

The Silencing of Ruby McCollum refutes the conscientiously built public reminiscence of 1 of the main famous—and under-examined—biracial murders in American background. On August three, 1952, African American housewife Ruby McCollum drove to the place of work of Dr. C. LeRoy Adams, cherished white general practitioner within the segregated small city of stay Oak, Florida. along with her youngsters in tow, McCollum frivolously gunned down the health care professional in the course of (according to public sentiment) “an argument over a scientific bill.” quickly, a truly varied rationale emerged, with McCollum alleging terrible psychological and actual abuse at Adams’s hand. In response to those allegations and an more and more intrusive media presence, the city fast cobbled jointly what may turn into the general public facade of Adams’s murder—a extra “acceptable” reason for McCollum’s activities. to make sure this might develop into the reputable model of occasions, McCollum’s trial prosecutors voiced a number of objections in the course of her testimony to restrict what she used to be allowed to say.
            making use of a number of methodologies to accomplish her voice—historical study, feminist conception, African American literary feedback, African American heritage, and investigative journalism—Evans analyzes the texts surrounding the affair to indicate that an imposed code of silence calls for not just the development of an legitimate tale but in addition the transformation of a community’s voters into brokers who will reproduce and perpetuate this model of occasions, unbelievable and not likely although they could be.

Show description

Continue reading "The Silencing of Ruby McCollum: Race, Class, and Gender in by Tammy D. Evans"

What Mama Taught Me: The Seven Core Values of Life by Tony Brown

By Tony Brown

Hundreds of thousands of audience of Tony Brown's magazine, the longest-running sequence on PBS, be aware of Tony Brown as an suggest for self-reliance and self-enrichment. Now, in his such a lot own publication but, he introduces us to the lady who introduced him up and taught him the seven center values he lives via to at the present time: truth, wisdom, race, heritage, fact, persistence, and love. What Mama Taught Me states that basically by means of realizing one's position on the earth can one turn into loose in brain and spirit, that's the trail to actual luck. Brown argues that by means of following different people's ideas, we betray ourselves and our wishes, leading to a vicious cycle of disconnection, disappointment, and religious dying. greater by means of the homespun storytelling he heard as a baby, this is often Brown's own recipe for fulfillment, offering values that offer a blueprint for attaining luck and happiness -- on one's personal phrases.

Show description

Continue reading "What Mama Taught Me: The Seven Core Values of Life by Tony Brown"