Characteristics Of The Afrocentric Method

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A Paradigm is a struggle to define, develop, and defend the disciple. Within African American studies we see different examples of Paradigms. As expressed by Maulana Karenga, in Black Studies, a paradigm is an analytic, empirical, and ethnical framework for studying, understanding, and explication African American life in its historical and current unfolding. Throughout this week we have discussed various paradigm that refer to the black experience. Each one is both unique and important to the to the development of African and African American Studies.
Dr. Molefi Kete Asante breaks down the paradigm known as Afrocentricity. Afrocentricity is considered a revolutionary shift into the belief in the necessity of adjustment to black disorientation,
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The Afrocentric method considers that no phenomena can be understood properly without a location (Asante). Everything must analyze through time and space in order to properly understand complexity of the many themes within Afrocentricity (such as art, music, tradition, etc.) Due to the complexity of the Afrocentric method, anyone studying it must constantly be recording where they stand in the phenomena and be aware of the fluctuations that occur. This method is a form of cultural criticism that allows of to seen pass privilege and positions of power in order to understand the methodology. It is also imperative to remember and to find the aspect of politics and economic structure within the realm of the Afrocentric method (Asante). Afrocentricity is very complex. It’s philosophy essentially is a way seeing all aspect of African people (culturally, socially, and politically) as the center of…show more content…
It is very challenging to develop a paradigm within an interdisciplinary subject. Black Studies integrates various subject areas. Therefore, they do not just pick among the conceptual and methodological parts of the traditional disciplines, but they conceptualize the social fabric and rebrand the world in the way makes up for variety of issues that are in a disciplinary such as this one (Karenga, 398). The second issue that occurs is expressing and equal importance for concepts. Black studies have increments of academic and social study. The importance of active self-knowledge, self-realization, and self-production is imperative for critical analysis. Determining Black Studies history as a discipline is a central problem within the discipline. Stewart suggest that me make sure we have to take into consideration that Black Studies has a history long before the 1960s. He splits information into two fundamental periods: prediscipline and actual discipline history (Karenga, 400). Prediscipline period consist of scholars who often work alone, while the discipline period will be marked by self-consciousness, organization, and institutionalization (Karenga). Also, many black scholars are work have not been claim them to be as a part of the
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