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978-0-7391-9671-7 • Hardback • August 2014 • $108.00 • (£83.00)
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Molefi Kete Asante is professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Temple University. He is also president of Molefi Kete Asante Institute for Afrocentric Studies and guest professor at Zhejiang University and Professor Extraordinarius at the University of South Africa.
Chapter One: Afrocentricity and Culture
Chapter Two: African Maat and Human Communication
Chapter Three: The Ordeal of Good Afrocentric Speech
Chapter Four: Afrocentricity and Education
Chapter Five: Imagining New Social Sciences
Chapter Six: The Philosophical Basis for an African University
Chapter Seven: Kwame Nkrumah and Muammar Gaddafi’s Vision of Africa
Chapter Eight: Toward a Union of African States
Chapter Nine: Thabo Mbeki and an Afrocentric Africa
Chapter Ten: Western Media and the Falsification of Africa
Chapter Eleven: Threats to African Peace and The Face of Solutions, UN Speech
Molefi Kete Asante's brilliant collection of essays has arrived just in time to rescue a generation of African intelligentsia numbed into a Pax-Americana ideology. Asante's critical examination of Eurocentric triumphalism is balanced with Maatic alternatives toward life in general and agency in particular. The book disintegrates contemporary ideological breeds guilty of lulling all and sundry intellectuals into paralyses of analyses. The essays presented deftly expose debilitating notions from the so-called right and left polemicists, while presenting human alternatives to imperialist intrigue. Asante gives the update of the Afrocentric praxis and paradigm that many readers have expected and desired. That update contains an 'up south vantage' and blooms globally with homage to Pan-African agency.
— D. Zizwe Poe, Lincoln University
Gearing his book primarily to scholars of Afrocentricity theory, Asante, the architect of Afrocentricity, provides perspectives on numerous topics and theories through the Afrocentric lens. He briefly explains Afrocentricity’s position on theories, from structuralism and postmodernism to negritude, Africology, and kawaida (a theory proposed by Maulana Karenga in the 1970s). Asante also looks at immigration, identity, black education, a united Africa, and the various conflicts impacting Africa today. . . . [T]he book...provide[s] important considerations of existing debates, especially around Pan-African unity, and deepens understanding of critical issues for scholars of Afrocentricity. Summing Up: . . . [For] scholars.
— Choice Reviews
In what could be considered his magnum opus, Asante delivers with expected clarity, force and illumination. His discussion of African intellectual agency is in perfect alignment with his long standing commitment to the well-being of African descended people worldwide. Once again, Asante rescues the reality of Africa from the clutches of anti-egalitarian historiography and delivers a text quite worthy of the academy’s consideration on every level.
— Michael Tillotson, University of Pittsburgh
Molefi Kete Asante uncovers and assesses new and historical contours of world relationships involving Africa and Europe. He offers a body of knowledge and analytical tools to give new generations of Africans the ability to infuse the contemporary world with standards of ethics and justice that can contemplate diversity and non-hierarchical plurality without sacrificing truth or wisdom. This book is a must for any person sincerely engaged in the effort to build a better world through dialogue and cross-cultural understanding.
— Elisa Larkin Nascimento, IPEAFRO (Instituto de Pesquisas e Estudos Afro-Brasileiros)