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Africana cultures and policy studies : scholarship and the transformation of public policy /
edited by Zachery Williams.
imprint
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
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x, 281 p.
ISBN
0230602800 (hbk.), 9780230602809 (hbk.)
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New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
isbn
0230602800 (hbk.)
9780230602809 (hbk.)
catalogue key
6837392
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Zachery Williams is Assistant Professor of African American History and Associate Director of the Pan African Studies Program at the University of Akron. He is one of the original Co-Founders and the Executive Director of The Africana Cultures and Policy Studies Institute (www.theacpsi.org), and author of In Search of the Talented Tenth: Howard University Public Intellectuals and the Dilemmas of Race, 1926-1970.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-07-01:
These two works present article-length scholarly pieces ranging over a field variously described as the black diaspora, the "black international," Africana studies, and Africana culture and policy studies. From Toussaint to Tupac challenges the Whig metanarrative of the march of freedom in modern Western history, which "pays scant attention to most of humanity outside the white Atlantic," as well as national narratives that privilege the nation-state, suggesting instead a model in which the struggles of black people worldwide from the Haitian Revolution to contemporary rap fundamentally inform and shape historical questions and understandings. This project works best in the book's early essays, including Sylvia Frey's outstanding exploration of the evangelical roots of pan-Africanism in the 18th century and William G. Martin and Michael O. West's lively recounting of the Haitian Revolution and their tracing of the "two black international traditions, the revolutionary and the revivalist." The next section offers essays recounting particular stories in the Caribbean, South Africa, and the US during and after WW I. The final section offers work covering the 1960s to the present, including a terrific survey, "Hip Hop's Diasporic Landscapes of Blackness."Africana Cultures and Policy Studies seeks less to transform scholarship than to insert the findings of Africana studies into public policy debates. The results, at best, are mixed. A programmatic and bureaucratic prose style limits the book's interest to specialists. The essayists consistently call for understanding racism as institutionally situated rather than as simple acts of individual behavior, an important point that cannot be made too often. Only one essay centrally concerns Africana studies in the sense of studies of the black international. The most engaging essay situates the television show The Wire in media depictions of "postindustrial landscapes." Summing Up: Recommended. From Toussaint, upper-division undergraduates and above; Africana Cultures, faculty and specialists. P. Harvey University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
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"By instituting what they introduce as the Africana Cultures and Policy Studies paradigm, these policy-oriented scholars make the novel yet common sense claim that the histories and experiences of those subject to policy decisions should serve as the foundation for policy making, analysis, and implementation. In the very moment that the US has the historic potential to chart a new course in domestic and foreign relations, Williams and his associates make clear: the very 'wretched of the earth' that public policy set out to save may in fact save us all!"--Davarian L. Baldwin, Author of Chicago 's New Negroes: Modernity, the Great Migration, and Black Urban Life "This insightful book provides a paradigm for effectively making and implementing policy to improve the quality of life among disadvantaged Africana peoples. It inspires discourse across disciplines intersecting studies in Africana history, culture and policy and among community leaders, historians and policymakers."--Lillian Ashcraft-Eason, Professor of History, Bowling Green State University "This collection provides a profoundly important contribution to the fields of Africana Studies, history, and public policy because it challenges scholars and activists to consider the ways in which historical and interdisciplinary research can contribute to broader discussions about race, culture, and the development of domestic and international policy. While most historical studies tend to avoid issues of policy and practical application, these essays boldly apply scholarly inquiry and historical research to public policy and offer important insights about how scholarly analysis can create meaningful transformation in the Black community and throughout the world."--Leslie M. Alexander, Associate Professor of History, The Ohio State University "This a much needed and excellent attempt to incorporate the intersection of culture and structure in the development of social policy as it relates to Africana peoples in Africa and throughout the diaspora. It is an approach that can help us better understand why certain social policies are ineffective for 'marginalized' peoples. It is a must read for anyone interested in the intersection between Africana Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Social Policy, and the unity of theory and practice."--Dr. Terry Kershaw, Professor and Head, Department of African and African American Studies, University of Cincinnati, and Editor of the International Journal of Africana Studies "This book offers innovative and broadly conceived intellectual work with practical application beyond the academy. From the challenges faced in our cities to foreign policy, this work represents a well delineated theory that offers fresh ideas on the practical uses of Africana scholarship. It is an outward-looking and analytically thorough exploration of the utility of scholarship and its role in social application."--Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar, Director, Institute for African American Studies and Associate Professor of History, University of Connecticut
"By instituting what they introduce as the Africana Cultures and Policy Studies paradigm, these policy-oriented scholars make the novel yet common sense claim that the histories and experiences of those subject to policy decisions should serve as the foundation for policy making, analysis, and implementation. In the very moment that the US has the historic potential to chart a new course in domestic and foreign relations, Williams and his associates make clear: the very 'wretched of the earth' that public policy set out to save may in fact save us all!"--Davarian L. Baldwin, Author ofChicago's New Negroes: Modernity, the Great Migration, and Black Urban Life"This insightful book provides a paradigm for effectively making and implementing policy to improve the quality of life among disadvantaged Africana peoples. It inspires discourse across disciplines intersecting studies in Africana history, culture and policy and among community leaders, historians and policymakers."--Lillian Ashcraft-Eason, Professor of History, Bowling Green State University"This collection provides a profoundly important contribution to the fields of Africana Studies, history, and public policy because it challenges scholars and activists to consider the ways in which historical and interdisciplinary research can contribute to broader discussions about race, culture, and the development of domestic and international policy. While most historical studies tend to avoid issues of policy and practical application, these essays boldly apply scholarly inquiry and historical research to public policy and offer important insights about how scholarly analysis can create meaningful transformation in the Black community and throughout the world."--Leslie M. Alexander, Associate Professor of History, The Ohio State University
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This book introduces Africana Cultures and Policy Studies as an interdisciplinary field, rooted in the historical experience of people of African descent. Intentionally, these essays seek to canonize Africana historical studies for the purposes of policy development, analysis, and practical application. Africana Cultures and Policy Studiescalls for a relocation and synthesis of policy-derived research emanating from public and private culture spheres. In the process, its goal is to use history and culture to engage the policy process from a top-down and bottom-up approach, thereby dissolving the previously impenetrable divides between theory and practice, academics and policymakers, and community constituencies and related social/civic institutions.
Main Description
This book introduces Africana Cultures and Policy Studies as an interdisciplinary field, rooted in the historical experience of people of African descent. Intentionally, these essays seek to canonize Africana historical studies for the purposes of policy development, analysis, and practical application. Africana Cultures and Policy Studies calls for a relocation and synthesis of policy-derived research emanating from public and private culture spheres. In the process, its goal is to use history and culture to engage the policy process from a top-down and bottom-up approach, thereby dissolving the previously impenetrable divides between theory and practice, academics and policymakers, and community constituencies and related social/civic institutions.
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This book introduces Africana Cultures and Policy Studies as an interdisciplinary field of study
Main Description
This book introduces Africana Cultures and Policy Studies as an interdisciplinary field of study, rooted in the historical experience of people of African descent and focusing on policy development, anlaysis, and practical application.
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This text introduces Africana cultures and policy studies as an interdisciplinary field of study, rooted in the historical experience of people of African descent and focusing on policy development, anlaysis, and practical application.
Table of Contents
Series Editors' Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Africana Cultures and Policy Studiesp. 1
Public Policy Foundations and Culture Critiques
The Fields and Functions of African American Studies and Public Policyp. 15
A Law unto Themselves: Historical Consequences and Cultural Realities from the Neglect of Africana Studies in Policymaking Processesp. 33
Framing the Discussion of Racismp. 55
Urban Culture and Public Policy
The Wire: Media Placement and Postindustrial Landscapesp. 73
Institutionalized Terror: A Social Systems Analysis of Police Brutalityp. 95
African American Administration of Predominately Black Schools: Segregation or Emancipation in Omaha, NEp. 113
Gender and Policy Construction
Born to Rebel and Born to Excel: Black Religious Intellectuals, Benjamin E. Mays, and the Development of Black Male Leadershipp. 133
America Has the Laws and Material Resources to Insure Justice for All: Historical Trajectory of Legal Critique and Experiential Voice in Black Women's Political Activismp. 157
The Policy of Dating: The Effect of Romantic Relationships on African American Adolescentsp. 177
Gender and Culture: The Shaping of British Colonial Educational Policy in West Africap. 203
African/African Diasporan Culture, Immigration, and Policy
A History of Black Immigration into the United States and Canada with Culture and Policy Implicationsp. 219
Speaking of Africa and Singing of Home: The Trope of Africa in African American Historiographyp. 247
Appendix: ACPSI Proposal for Pan-African Studies CommUniversityp. 261
Notes on Contributorsp. 265
Indexp. 271
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