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Afrocentrism: Mythical Pasts and Imagined Homes (Hardback)
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Afrocentrism: Mythical Pasts and Imagined Homes (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 06/05/1998
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This volume argues that the Afrocentric movement is guilty of reproducing all the central features of the outmoded Euro-racist scholarship. Offering a mostly fictional history of Africa and its diaspora, centred on ideas about ancient Egypt, it suggests that Afrocentrisum is a symptom of, rather than a cure for, political and economic problems. The author traces the sources and ancestries of the movement, and analyzes the writings of its leading proponents including Molefi Asante, Cheikh Anta Diop and Martin Bernal. He bases his study on wide-ranging research in the histories of both Afro-America and of Africa itself with the aims of demolishing the mythical "history" taught by black ultra-nationalists and suggesting paths towards a more accurate historical picture of Africa.

Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781859848739
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 942 g
Dimensions: 241 x 164 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"a spirited, meticulously researched polemic ... with unrelenting energy and intellectual rigour, Howe traces the history and development of Afrocentric ideas."--Kate Teltscher, "Guardian"

"Howe has done a signal service by exposing one region of this subterranean world to the light of reason."--Anthony Daniels, "Spectator"

"precise and courageous ... Howe's book is a landmark."--Brian Appleyard, "Sunday Times"

"Stephen Howe's candid book goes right to the heart of one of the most vexing of contemporary America's problems ... a great service for all who are interested in the intellectual study of race and racism in the US."--Caryl Phillips, "Financial Times"

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