Pan Africanism in the African Diaspora: An Analysis of Modern Afrocentric Political Movements

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Wayne State University Press, 1997 - History - 456 pages
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This groundbreaking volume analyzes important case studies of Black political movements since the 1960s and the impact of the movements on the African-American community. Previous studies on this subject have been largely historical in nature, focusing on the thought of nineteenth-century Pan Africanist or early twentieth-century formal Pan African movements, such as those led by W. E. B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey. In this book, Walters analyzes heretofore largely unaddressed cases in which African-American societies forged connections with others in the Diaspora within the framework of significant political movements. He applies social science theory to the analysis of the cases, based on the proposition that Pan African studies - a subject within the broad field of Africana Studies - is itself very diverse and lends itself to analysis by an unlimited number of modern disciplinary approaches and perspectives. Walters uses the tools of comparative politics for examining similar Black and white social institutions and organizations in the United States and other countries and for creating a "tailored" Pan African perspective as a criteria with which to describe the interactive relationships between the American Black community and Blacks in Britain, South Africa, Brazil, and the Caribbean. He fashions a unique and radically new perspective and model for addressing the age-old question of the African continuum by advancing the notion that Pan Africanism can be about the struggle for community - a struggle not incompatible with efforts to change the State. His is a twenty-first century view of race relations and classes in the post-modern era of capitalism. Pan Africanism in the AfricanDiaspora is broadly a work of political science in that it is concerned with political phenomena and applies methods of analysis from that field. Nevertheless, it is also interdisciplinary in content, perspective, and analytical approach. Walters' new data transcends the notions pr
  

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Contents

Preface
9
The Pan African Movement in the United
54
Britain and
127
Comparative Linkages in the African
146
Pan African Linkages in Britain and
170
The Environment for Race Politics in
198
States and South Africa
213
Pan African Politics of Black Communities
249
Comparative
272
AfroCaribbean Pan Africanism
296
The Structure of Pan African Unity in
318
African Diaspora
354
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Ronald W. Walters, a Professor of Afro-American Studies, Government and Politics and Senior Fellow at the Center for Political Leadership, University of Maryland, received his Ph.D. from American University. His books include Jesse Jackson's 1984 Presidential Campaign and Black Presidential Politics in America, winner of the Ralph Bunche Prize and the W. E. B. DuBois Award.

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