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.
University Press of Mississippi requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.