Afrocentrism: Mythical Pasts and Imagined Homes by Stephen Howe

By Stephen Howe

A full of life problem to the Afrocentric rewriting of African heritage. for hundreds of years, racist, colonial and Eurocentric bias has blocked or distorted wisdom of Africans, their histories and cultures. The problem to that bias has been one of many maximum highbrow adjustments of the past due 20th century. yet along this problem has arisen a counter mythology, proclaiming the innate superiority of African-descended peoples. during this provocative examine, Stephen Howe powerfully argues that this Afrocentric move is accountable of reproducing all of the valuable good points of the superseded Euro-racist scholarship. supplying a generally fictional background of Africa and its Diaspora, headquartered on strange principles approximately old Egypt, Howe argues that Afrocentrism is a symptom of, instead of a therapy for, determined political and monetary difficulties. In Afrocentrism, Howe lines the resources and ancestries of the move, and heavily analyses the writings of its best proponents together with Molefi Asante and the mythical Senegalese historian Cheikh Anta Diop. Martin Bernal's contribution is additionally assessed. Hard-hitting but refined and scholarly in its appraisal of Afrocentric rules, and according to wide-ranging learn within the histories either one of Afro-America and of Africa itself, Afrocentrism not just demolishes the legendary "history" taught by means of black ultra-nationalists yet indicates paths in the direction of a real historic realization of Africa and its Diaspora.

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