Introduction to African American Studies: Transdisciplinary Approaches and Implications
There is an ongoing debate as to whether African American Studies is a discipline, or multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary field. Some scholars assert that African American Studies use a well-defined common approach in examining history, politics, and the family in the same way as scholars in the disciplines of economics, sociology, and political science. Other scholars consider African American Studies multidisciplinary, a field somewhat comparable to the field of education in which scholars employ a variety of disciplinary lenses-be they anthropological, psychological, historical, etc., --to study the African world experience. In this model the boundaries between traditional disciplines are accepted, and researches in African American Studies simply conduct discipline based an analysis of particular topics. Finally, another group of scholars insists that African American Studies is interdisciplinary, an enterprise that generates distinctive analyses by combining perspectives from different traditional disciplines and synthesizing them into a unique framework of analysis.
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I think this textbook is worthwhile using. It is multidisciplinary in its approach, and the authors' documentation of events is presented from a Black Nationalist perspective, their arguments are backed up by well-documented information and supplemental materials. The great contrast is that these authors also give other paradigms to consider the content of the book through- Black Nationalist, Segregationist, Integrationist. Solid book and definitely a good text for teaching Black history. A good read and a great tool to use for Pan African and Black Studies!
I would give 10 stars if I could