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Critical Black Studies Reader

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Edited By Rochelle Brock, Dara Nix-Stevenson and Paul Chamness Miller

The Critical Black Studies Reader is a ground-breaking volume whose aim is to criticalize and reenvision Black Studies through a critical lens. The book not only stretches the boundaries of knowledge and understanding of issues critical to the Black experience, it creates a theoretical grounding that is intersectional in its approach. Our notion of Black Studies is neither singularly grounded in African American Studies nor on traditional notions of the Black experience. Though situated work in this field has historically
grappled with the question of «where are we?» in Black Studies, this volume offers the reader a type of criticalization that has not occurred to this point. While the volume includes seminal works by authors in the field, as a critical endeavor, the editors have also included pieces that address the political issues that intersect with – among others –
power, race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, place, and economics.

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design by Roymieco Carter, Director of the Visual Arts Program, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Brock Nix-Stevenson Miller EDITORS CRITICAL BLACK STUDIES READER PETER LAN G The Critical Black Studies Reader is a ground-breaking volume whose aim is to critical- ize and reenvision Black Studies through a critical lens. The book not only stretches the boundaries of knowledge and understanding of issues critical to the Black experience, it creates a theoretical grounding that is intersectional in its approach. Our notion of Black Studies is neither singularly grounded in African American Studies nor on tradi- tional notions of the Black experience. Though situated work in this field has historically grappled with the question of “where are we?” in Black Studies, this volume offers the reader a type of criticalization that has not occurred to this point. While the volume includes seminal works by authors in the field, as a critical endeavor, the editors have also included pieces that address the political issues that intersect with—among others— power, race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, place, and economics. “Brock, Nix -Stevenson, and Miller’s collection of essays is a unique, insightful, and major contribution to critical Black Studies at a politically significant time. An impres- sive group of scholars examine issues of the politics of Black Studies, Black aesthet- ics, popular culture, queer and transgender studies in Black Studies, and questions of Black activism in historical perspectives. This is necessary reading and will be a frequently cited text in future research in...

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