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African American Studies

The Discipline and Its Dimensions


Nathaniel Norment, Jr.

African American Studies: The Discipline and Its Dimensions is a comprehensive resource book that recounts the development of the discipline of African American Studies and provides a basic reference source for sixteen areas of knowledge of the discipline: anthropology, art, dance, economics, education, film, history, literature, music, philosophy, psychology, religion, sociology, political science, science and technology, sports and religion. African American Studies defines bodies of knowledge, methodologies, philosophies, disciplinary concepts, contents, scope, topics scholars have concerned themselves, as well as the growth, development, and present status of the discipline. African American Studies validates that African American Studies is a unique and significant discipline—one that intersects almost every academic discipline and cultural construct—and confirms that the discipline has a noteworthy history and a challenging future. The various bodies of knowledge, the philosophical framework, methodological procedures, and theoretical underpinnings of the discipline have never been clearly delineated from an African-centered perspective.

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Names: Norment, Nathaniel, author. Title: African American studies: the discipline and its dimensions / Nathaniel Norment, Jr. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2019. Series: Black studies and critical thinking, vol. 110 | ISSN 1947-5985 Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2018038333 | ISBN 978-1-4331-6130-8 (hardback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-6129-2 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4331-5937-4 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-5938-1 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-5939-8 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: African Americans—Study and teaching. African Americans—Study and teaching—History. | Blacks—Study and teaching. Blacks—Study and teaching—History. | Africa—Study and teaching. Africa—Study and teaching—History. Classification: LCC E184.7 .N67 2019 | DDC 305.896/07307—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/b14631

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