Afrocentrism: Mythical Pasts and Imagined Homes by Stephen Howe

By Stephen Howe

A energetic 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 modifications 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 research, Stephen Howe powerfully argues that this Afrocentric move is responsible of reproducing all of the principal good points of the superseded Euro-racist scholarship. supplying a normally fictional historical past of Africa and its Diaspora, founded on extraordinary rules approximately historic Egypt, Howe argues that Afrocentrism is a symptom of, instead of a medication for, determined political and monetary difficulties. In Afrocentrism, Howe strains the resources and ancestries of the circulate, and heavily analyses the writings of its major proponents together with Molefi Asante and the mythical Senegalese historian Cheikh Anta Diop. Martin Bernal's contribution can also be assessed. Hard-hitting but refined and scholarly in its appraisal of Afrocentric principles, and according to wide-ranging study 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 ancient awareness of Africa and its Diaspora.

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