Du Bois's Dialectics: Black Radical Politics and the Reconstruction of Critical Social Theory

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Lexington Books, Jun 1, 2009 - Social Science - 323 pages
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Du Bois's Dialectics is doubly distinguished from other books on Du Bois because it is the first extended exploration of Du Bois's contributions to new critical theory and the first book-length treatment of his contributions to contemporary black radical politics and the developing discipline of Africana Studies. With chapters that undertake ideological critiques of education, religion, the politics of reparations, and the problematics of black radical politics in contemporary culture and society, Du Bois's Dialectics employs Du Bois as its critical theoretical point of departure and demonstrates his (and Africana Studies') contributions to, as well as contemporary critical theory's connections to, critical pedagogy, sociology of religion, and reparations theory. Rabaka offers the first critical theoretical treatment of the W. E. B. Du Bois_Booker T. Washington debate, which lucidly highlights Du Bois's transition from a bourgeois black liberal to a black radical and revolutionary democratic socialist. This book is primarily directed at scholars, advanced undergraduate and graduate students working in and associated with Africana Studies, American Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Cultural Studies.
  

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Contents

Introduction Du Bois the Renewal of Black Radical Politics and the Reconstruction of Critical Social Theory
1
Africana Critical Pedagogy Du Boiss Philosophy of Education Sociology of Education Anthropology of Education and Critical Educational Theory
43
The Du BoisWashington Debate Social Leadership Intellectual Legacy and the Lingering Problematics of African American Politics
81
The Prophet of Problems Du Boiss Philosophy of Religion Sociology of Religion Critique of the Black and White Church and Critical Theory of Lib...
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Critical Reparations Theory Du Boiss Revolutionary PanAfricanism and Revolutionary Humanism
159
Conclusion The Souls of Black Radical Folk Du Bois Africana Studies and the Crises of Contemporary Critical Social Theory
183
Bibliography
207
Index
311
About the Author
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Reiland Rabaka is associate professor of Africana studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he is also an affiliate professor of women and gender studies and a research fellow at the Center for Studies of Ethnicity and Race in America (CSERA). He is also the recipient of the Cheikh Anta Diop Distinguished Career Award.

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