By Reiland Rabaka
Building on and going some distance past W.E.B. Du Bois and the issues of the Twenty-First Century and Du Bois's Dialectics, Reiland Rabaka's Africana serious Theory innovatively identifies and analyzes continental and diasporan African contributions to classical and modern severe concept. This e-book represents a climatic severe theoretical clincher that cogently demonstrates how Du Bois's not often mentioned dialectical idea, interdisciplinarity, highbrow history-making radical political activism, and world-historical a number of liberation move management helped to inaugurate a different Africana culture of severe idea. With chapters on W.E.B. Du Bois, C.L.R. James, Negritude (Aime Cesaire and Leopold Senghor), Frantz Fanon and Amilcar Cabral, Africana serious conception endeavors to accessibly provide modern severe theorists an highbrow archaeology of the Africana culture of severe conception and a much-needed dialectical deconstruction and reconstruction of black radical politics. those six seminal figures' collective inspiration and texts truly cuts throughout a number of disciplines and, for that reason, closes the chasm among Africana experiences and important concept, continually hard that intellectuals no longer easily imagine deep innovations, improve new theories, and theoretically aid radical politics, yet be and always develop into political activists, social organizers and cultural staff - that's, people the Italian severe theorist Antonio Gramsci known as 'organic intellectuals.' during this experience, then, the sequence of reviews collected in Africana severe Theory give a contribution not just to African experiences, African American reviews, Caribbean experiences, Cultural stories, Gender stories, and Postcolonial stories, but in addition to modern severe theoretical discourse throughout an amazingly wide-range of 'traditional' disciplines, and radical political activism outdoors of (and, normally, completely opposed to) Europe's ivory towers and the absurdities of the yank academy.
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Additional info for Africana Critical Theory: Reconstructing The Black Radical Tradition, From W. E. B. Du Bois and C. L. R. James to Frantz Fanon and Amilcar Cabral
Africana critical theory involves not only the critique of domination and discrimination, but also a deep commitment to human liberation and radical/revolutionary social transformation. Similar to other traditions of critical social theory, Africana critical theory is concerned with thoroughly analyzing contemporary society “in light of its used and unused or abused capabilities for improving the human [and deteriorating environmental] condition” (Marcuse, 1964, p. xlii; see also (Re)Introducing the Africana Tradition of Critical Theory 17 Rabaka, 2006a; Wilkerson and Paris, 2001).
P. 57) As with Kellner’s claims, Marsh is on point when he asserts the comprehensive character of Marx’s critique of capitalism. Similar to Kellner, he warns contemporary 12 Chapter 1 critical theorists about the intellectual insularity and epistemic exclusiveness of their discourse and even goes so far to say that “both modern and postmodern critical theory runs the risk of being idealistic in a bad sense, that is, insufficiently attentive to the task of interpreting, criticizing, and overcoming late capitalism in its racist, sexist, classist, and heterosexist aspects.
Re)Introducing the Africana Tradition of Critical Theory 9 Again, the Africana tradition of critical theory precedes the Eurocentric tradition of critical theory, and it takes classical Africana intellectual-activists, such as W. E. B. Du Bois and C. L. R. James as points of departure, not the Frankfurt School critical theorists. However, and I should emphasize this, Africana critical theory is not afraid to intellectually interrogate, critically dialogue with, and/or astutely appropriate theoretic breakthroughs contributed by the Frankfurt School and other traditions of critical theory if it can Africanize them and put them to critical use in our efforts to continue and further develop the dialectical process of revolutionary decolonization and revolutionary re-Africanization.