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The Case against Afrocentrism$
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Tunde Adeleke

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732931

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732931.001.0001

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Afrocentric Essentialism

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The Case against Afrocentrism

Tunde Adeleke

University Press of Mississippi

The term “Afrocentric essentialism” refers to the use of Africa to advance a monolithic construction of continental Africans and all blacks in Diaspora as one people with identical historical and cultural experiences, regardless of geographical location. Afrocentrism embodies race and nurtures racialist consciousness. This book examines the cultural, social, historical, and identitarian implications and ramifications of Afrocentric essentialism as well as the intellectual and political representations, challenges, and limitations of Afrocentric essentialist consciousness among African Americans. It discusses the many complex dimensions of essentialist ethos in relation to identity, historical memory, conceptions, and perceptions of Africa, along with the problematic situation of Africa as the foundation of a racialized African Diaspora. Moreover, it analyzes the responses of blacks to the challenges and implications of the expanding terrain of human encounters and experiences.

Keywords:   blacks, Afrocentric essentialism, Africa, Afrocentrism, race, African Americans, identity, historical memory, African Diaspora, Africans

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