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The African Scholar in the Western Academy

The African Scholar in the Western Academy In this essay, I push the discursive envelope on what it means to speak of a particular space, location, and position of the “Black Scholar” in the (Western) academy and its colonial satellites globally. The Black Scholar is not about racializing the identity of Blackness (or Black subject as simply an intellectual of Black identity) nor a pursuit for “an essential Black subject.” Rather, it is about an appreciation of the interface of critical (Black) scholarship and creative intellectual thought and practice that goes back through time as a counterpoint and challenge to dominant ideologies, including “ideologies of the authentic.” It is argued that the Black Scholar is fundamentally about an intellectual praxis informed by an African sense of history, culture, identity, community knowledge, and political work to bring about change in the lives of African peoples. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Black Studies SAGE

The African Scholar in the Western Academy

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© The Author(s) 2014
ISSN
0021-9347
eISSN
1552-4566
DOI
10.1177/0021934714525198
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Abstract

In this essay, I push the discursive envelope on what it means to speak of a particular space, location, and position of the “Black Scholar” in the (Western) academy and its colonial satellites globally. The Black Scholar is not about racializing the identity of Blackness (or Black subject as simply an intellectual of Black identity) nor a pursuit for “an essential Black subject.” Rather, it is about an appreciation of the interface of critical (Black) scholarship and creative intellectual thought and practice that goes back through time as a counterpoint and challenge to dominant ideologies, including “ideologies of the authentic.” It is argued that the Black Scholar is fundamentally about an intellectual praxis informed by an African sense of history, culture, identity, community knowledge, and political work to bring about change in the lives of African peoples.

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Journal of Black StudiesSAGE

Published: Apr 1, 2014

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