African american studies is an interdisciplinary major that examines questions of race, culture, and struggles for equality rooted in the experiences of people of african descent in black atlantic societies, including the united states, the caribbean, latin america, europe, and africa. Its intellectual agenda challenges existing frameworks in all academic fields (black studies, women’s studies, ethnic studies, and a range of other disciplines), imagining from the bottom up and creatively drawing on a rich african tradition of polyrhythmics and improvisation. A course offered by jonathan holloway, professor of history, african american studies and american studies at yale university in spring 2010 the purpose of this course is to examine the african american experience in the united states from 1863 to the present.
The present study explores what is revealed about the epistemetic characteristics africana studies through an analysis of theories in the discipline race/ethnic specific theories in africana studies are subjected to a reductive analysis to identify the most common qualities they possess the. Africana studies as a discipline seeks to study, interpret, explain, and articulate the cultural, historical, political, economic, and spiritual experience of people of african descent throughout the world. American studies or american civilization is an interdisciplinary field of scholarship that examines american history, society, and culture it traditionally incorporates the study of history, literature, and critical theory, but also welcomes research methods from a variety of other disciplines scholarship in american studies has most often concerned the united states.
Free flashcards to help memorize facts about defining the discipline of black studies other activities to help include hangman, crossword, word scramble, games, matching, quizes, and tests. Color of discipline 321 other conditions (eg, high levels of disruptive behavior on the part of african- american students) disproportionality would probably not represent discrimina. Afro-american studies is an academic field that combines general intellectual history, academic scholarship in the social sciences and the humanities, and a radical movement for fundamental educational reform. Africana studies, black studies, african-american studies or africology, in us education, is the multidisciplinary study of the histories, politics and cultures of peoples of african origin in both africa and the african diaspora. Africology and african american studies is a discipline that draws from diverse academic fields most research areas fall into two general categories: the cultural aesthetic, which engages interests in the humanities, particularly history, literature, and the performing arts and the social behavioral, in which issues may be addressed under the.
African american studies chapters 1-2 study play -organize blacks into a self-conscious social force capable of defining defending and advancing their interests free speech movement africana studies journal of african american history afrocentric initiative dr molefi k asante temple university. Black studies is a relatively new academic field it spans across disciplines encompassing the social sciences such as history, sociology, psychology, and political science as well as the humanities, including music, art, literature, and religious studies. African diaspora studies, as we shape this developing field, must be subjected to the same kind of methodological rigor as any other area of knowledge, free from romantic condescension, essentialism, and distracting fads. Africology, black studies, african american studies, perspective or worldview approaches to the definition of the discipline, the centrality of the african american experience, diasporic visions of the discipline, global visions of the definition of black studies is what has led to a proliferation of different names for the discipline. Among new areas of scholarly inquiry and critical interpretation, african-american studies holds a unique place in the academy now there is a volume of essays that illuminates the history and developments of this discipline.
The first was institutionalization of african american studies, africology, as a discipline alongside other disciplines within the academy the second was the creation and mounting of the first doctoral program in african american studies in the nation at temple university. Unfortunately, the establishment of african-american studies as a scholarly discipline resulted in the disparagement african-american people in other words, african-american studies have become a collection of esoteric knowledge, incomprehensible to people with non-scholastic interests. African american studies is an interdisciplinary academic field devoted to the study of the history, culture, and politics of black americans taken broadly, the field studies not only the cultures of people of african descent in the united states, but the cultures of the entire african diasporathe field includes scholars of african american literature, history, politics, religion and. The black power movement helped redefine african americans' identity and establish a new racial consciousness in the 1960s as an influential political force, this movement in turn spawned the academic discipline known as black studies.
Africana studies is an interdisciplinary field of study devoted to the critical and systematic examination of the cultural, political, social, economic, and historical experiences of african americans, africans, and peoples of african descent around the world. As a discipline, anthropology begins with a simple yet powerful idea: any detail of our behavior can be understood better when it is seen against the backdrop of the full range of human behavior anatomy, cultural studies, women’s studies, fisheries), campus ethnic centers (african american studies, latino studies), campus area studies. The african american studies reader, 2nd edition this is an expanded and revised edition of the african american studies reader that was the ﬁrst of its kind when it originally appeared in 2001.
Thus, black and womanist theologies continue to develop as vibrant discourses within african american and religious studies general overviews there are a range of books, articles, and essays that provide a general introduction to the historical emergence of, themes within, and development of black theology as an academic discipline. Though african-american studies as its own discipline has been in decline, its perpetuation as a sub-discipline in various social science fields (eg, education, sociology, cultural anthropology, urban studies) has risen. The discipline of africana studies prepares students to not only understand the world they live in but also to see where the world is wanting and to have the resources, skills as well as the desire to make it better. As with any other field, black studies (or african-american studies, or, in the most cosmopolitan variant, africana studies) could only benefit from serious, tough-minded, and ruthlessly intelligent critique.