2. Methodology in Africana Studies Research
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Methodology in Africana Studies Research
In scientific research, several epistemological tools such as concepts, theories, and paradigms moderate the relationship between the knowing subject and its object. For oppressed people and their descendants, it is important that the intellectual tools guiding the relationship between them and who or what they study is culturally relevant and emancipatory. Methodology is the aspect of research that contains the paradigms, theories, concepts, and methods that shape approaches to study and social intervention. These items are explored in this chapter. First the chapter explains the components of methodology in the research process. Second, it explains the unique paradigms, theories, and models in Africana Studies and how they are used to guide research and explain social phenomena. Third, it explains different types of theory and how they are used in the research process. Let’s begin by discussing methodology.