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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 and Globalization

Afrocentric Essentialism and Globalization

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The Case against Afrocentrism

Tunde Adeleke

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the implications of globalization for Afrocentric essentialism and the move toward global cultural citizenship from an Afrocentric essentialist perspective. It shows how globalization has given rise to a racialized ideology for survival that has been invoked by Afrocentric essentialist scholars to counter what they perceive as the hegemonic character and ramifications of a European-dominated world order. It discusses the argument by Afrocentric scholars that globalization is essentially a postmodern metamorphosis of nineteenth-century imperialism. It also considers the concept of “pan-blackism,” the ideological embodiment of gloracialized consciousness, along with the cultural projection of a racialized Manichean global order, Afrocentricity’s rejection of the global hegemonic character of Eurocentrism, and the emergence of counter-Afrocentricity and neo-Afrocentricity that challenge Afrocentric homogenization.

Keywords:   globalization, Afrocentric essentialism, cultural citizenship, imperialism, pan-blackism, gloracialized consciousness, Afrocentricity, Eurocentrism, counter-Afrocentricity, neo-Afrocentricity

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