Afrocentric Visions: Studies in Culture and Communication by Janice Hamlet

By Janice Hamlet

During this well timed quantity, editor Janice D Hamlet has selected essays which light up a variety of facets of African American tradition, refracted in the course of the lens of Afrocentric suggestion. The ebook examines: Afrocentric ideology and method; Afrocentric methods to the dynamics of communique; the Afrocentric impression at the black aesthetic, with an exam of language, literature, oral culture, videos and tv; and the way forward for Afrocentric visions.

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To verify this point one needs to only look at the recent violent racial conflicts in this society as well as the continuous attacks on any type of policy that implies a Black focus. Therefore, if an individual were serious about understanding present race relations they must understand the history. They must understand that society does not change overnight and the longer beliefs, attitudes and practices have been around the more difficult it is to change them. Consequentially, if one does not explore and identify the historical base of race relations, how can one understand if the basis of status has changed, how it has changed and why it has changed?

The second involves the developing and testing of theoretical models which [is] consistent with the philosophical world view [Another way of saying technical knowledge]. [Finally], demonstrating the particular way in which that world view manifests itself or is affected by contemporary factors [Again, generating technical knowledge]. However, this bifurcated interpretation of knowledge overlooks an important tenet of the Black Studies discipline, the nexus between the academy and the community.

A cyclical conception of time encourages immersion in history at a level and in a way that marries individuality or personality to precedent. ” This transformation must happen not only for the individual African in America, but for all African Americans. To clarify: the social transformation is possible from an Afrocentric conception of time, and that notion of time is cyclical. The transformation itself simultaneously involves immersion and expansion in Black World history; only then can the individual discover herself or himself; only then can the race discover itself.

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