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Research Methods in Africana Studies | Revised Edition


Serie McDougal III

The revised edition of Research Methods in Africana Studies is a major contribution to the discipline of Africana studies and social science involving people of African descent in general. The first edition was the first of its kind, offering instruction on how to conduct culturally relevant critical research on Africana communities in the American context, in addition to the African diaspora. The revised edition contains a collection of the most widely used theories and paradigms designed for exploring, explaining, and advancing Africana communities through science. The relevance, strengths, and weaknesses of every major method of data collection are explained as they relate to the lived experiences of the Black world. It stands alone as the only textbook that details empirical methods in the service of the collective advancement of Africana peoples.

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Chapter 1: There is a new section on nomothetic and ideographic approaches to research. This was done to help budding researchers gain a greater appreciation for the importance and utility of identifying broad patterns across many cases or people as well as gaining in-depth knowledge of individual cases or people. New examples are also added to illustrate this point in a way that is consistent with the principles of Africana Studies.

Chapter 2: This is one of the most critical chapters in the entire text because it is meant to provide researchers with some sense of the way Africana Studies approaches investigation. This is done through a non-comprehensive sampling of theoretical and paradigmatic frameworks designed, specifically, to approach studying peoples of African descent. To make the sampling of theoretical and paradigmatic frameworks relevant to a greater range of interests, African American Male Theory, Virtue Theory, and the Black Political Economy Paradigm were added.

Chapter 4: A section on mixed methods research has been added to this section. Given that more and more research involves multiple methods of data collection and analysis, this chapter has been added to provide clear instructions on how multiple methods can be used strategically and implemented ← xvii | xviii → in a systematic way that serves the research question. Moreover, a section on trend studies was added to expand the range of approaches to doing longitudinal research, which is well suited for exploring causation and how phenomena develop over time. New studies...

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