Cultural Hegemony and African American Development

Cultural Hegemony and African American Development

Cultural Hegemony and African American Development

Cultural Hegemony and African American Development

Synopsis

Semmes extends Afrocentric social theory by formulating the problem of structured inequality for African Americans in terms of cultural hegemony. This innovative work challenges oppositional and segmented analyses that look at Black inequality in terms of either economic dislocation or racial oppression, and introduces the idea that what is at stake are the issues of progressive cultural adaptation, cultural reconstruction, and institutional development. What emerges is a new way of seeing and understanding the intellectual tradition and body of knowledge called Black, African-American, or Africana studies.

Excerpt

The purpose of this work is to provide a way of seeing and understanding the intellectual tradition and body of knowledge called Black, African American, or Africana studies. I address, through a series of essays, such questions as: What organizing principles emerge that seem to direct the production of knowledge within the discipline? What are its logical as well as empirical underpinnings? How do we properly locate the parameters of the discipline? What are its major theoretical and conceptual issues and why?

African American studies is emerging as a distinctive discipline that draws strength from many sources. Because of the way the discipline has come into existence, scholars have had to enter the field through other, more traditional (i.e., Eurocentrically focused) disciplines. Nevertheless, as one becomes immersed in the tradition, it takes on a life of its own and acquires a very distinctive substance and form. As a body of knowledge, Black, African American, or Africana studies is tied to explicating social and historical processes that affect the status and development of people of African descent on a global scale. It is in this context that this emerging discipline is able to provide universals for understanding the human experience in general.

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