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.
Preface to the Second Edition
This new edition is primarily influenced by the perspective of graduate and undergraduate students in Africana Studies. This book remains a useful tool for professionals in the discipline. The approach to this new edition was guided by two main objectives-namely, to make the text relevant to more Africana Studies scholars, and to add studies that are particularly representative of the principals of Africana Studies in innovative methods of data collection and analysis. Due to extension of research methods into the world of the internet and new developments in information technology, some new methods of data collection have been added. New Africana Studies theories have been added to guide approaches to subjects that were not previously represented, such as political economy, spirituality, and Black men’s studies. Some of the content of the chapters have been reordered so that they are more lucid.