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The Sociocultural Functionality Of Afrikan Syncretism: The Case Of Spirituality, Nikitah O. Imani Mar 2014

The Sociocultural Functionality Of Afrikan Syncretism: The Case Of Spirituality, Nikitah O. Imani

Black Studies Faculty Proceedings & Presentations

Presented at the National Council of Black Studies meetings in Miami, Florida on March 8th, 2014.


An Invitation To Debate: Envisioning An Africa-Centered Perspective, Engaging Sociological Endeavor, Nikitah O. Imani Mar 2014

An Invitation To Debate: Envisioning An Africa-Centered Perspective, Engaging Sociological Endeavor, Nikitah O. Imani

Black Studies Faculty Publications

This article frames the focus of this special Africana studies issue of Critical Sociology, discussing its theoretical and epistemological necessity for the discipline, its potential for critical informing inquiry within the discipline with respect to Africana social phenomena as well the human experience, the challenges it poses for the traditional conduct of sociological inquiry and what the particular pieces selected for this issue contribute to each of these.


An Invitation To Debate: Envisioning An Africa-Centered Perspective, Engaging Sociological Endeavor, Nikitah O. Imani Oct 2013

An Invitation To Debate: Envisioning An Africa-Centered Perspective, Engaging Sociological Endeavor, Nikitah O. Imani

Black Studies Faculty Proceedings & Presentations

Presented at the 2013 James Madison University Africana Studies Conference October 18, 2013


Ukhamba: The Implications Of Amateur Domestic Genealogical Research For African Socio-Historical Analysis, Nikitah O. Imani Mar 2013

Ukhamba: The Implications Of Amateur Domestic Genealogical Research For African Socio-Historical Analysis, Nikitah O. Imani

Black Studies Faculty Proceedings & Presentations

Presented at the 37th annual conference of the National Council of Black Studies Indianapolis, Indiana March 14, 2013


The Implications Of Africa-Centered Conceptions Of Time And Space For Quantitative Theorizing: Limitations Of Paradigmatically-Bound Philosophical Meta-Assumptions, Nikitah O. Imani Jun 2012

The Implications Of Africa-Centered Conceptions Of Time And Space For Quantitative Theorizing: Limitations Of Paradigmatically-Bound Philosophical Meta-Assumptions, Nikitah O. Imani

Black Studies Faculty Publications

“The Implications of Africa-centered Conceptions of Time and Space for Quantitative Theorizing,” looks at Eurocentric scientific conceptions of time and space, how they effect theorizing concerned with these matters, and how they are altered as one considers non- Eurocentric conceptions. For example, one might look at the assertion of circularity, holism, and continuity in contrast to linearity, disjunction, and discontinuity. The example focused on is a scholarly article focusing on constraints associated with time travel. The article deconstructs the piece as Eurocentric and re-conceptualizes it from an African-centered cultural and social perspective.


The Implications Of Africa-Centered Conceptions Of Time And Space For Quantitative Theorizing, Nikitah O. Imani Mar 2012

The Implications Of Africa-Centered Conceptions Of Time And Space For Quantitative Theorizing, Nikitah O. Imani

Black Studies Faculty Proceedings & Presentations

Presented at the National Conference of Black Studies March 9th, 2012 in Atlanta, GA.


The Pyramidal Pillars Model Of Afrikan Communal Development, Nikitah O. Imani Nov 2010

The Pyramidal Pillars Model Of Afrikan Communal Development, Nikitah O. Imani

Black Studies Faculty Proceedings & Presentations

Presented at the Black African Holocaust Conference in Atlanta, Ga November 2010


The Commodification Of Victimization And Concomitant Glorification Of Mediocrity, Nikitah O. Imani Apr 2010

The Commodification Of Victimization And Concomitant Glorification Of Mediocrity, Nikitah O. Imani

Black Studies Faculty Proceedings & Presentations

The Commodification of Victimization and Concomitant Glorification of Mediocrity presented at the Annual Meetings of the Southern Sociology Society Atlanta, Georgia April 2010


The Terminological Problem In Africana Studies, Nikitah O. Imani Oct 2009

The Terminological Problem In Africana Studies, Nikitah O. Imani

Black Studies Faculty Proceedings & Presentations

Delivered lecture “The Terminological Problem in Africana Studies” at the Africana Studies Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium, 2009 "AFRICA AT THE CROSSROADS: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?" James Madison University, October 9th.


Critical Impairments To Globalizing The Western Human Rights Discourse, Nikitah O. Imani Jan 2008

Critical Impairments To Globalizing The Western Human Rights Discourse, Nikitah O. Imani

Black Studies Faculty Publications

This article focuses on the philosophical implications of Euro-centrism and Eurocentric discourse for the Western human rights narrative. It is argued that there is insufficient theoretical and practical consideration of those implications, particular for advocacy and activity in the so-called “Third World” where such arguments frequently become mere vehicles for the advance of economic and political neocolonialism. In many ways, colonialism with a humanistic, liberal democratic “face”. Finally, a proposition is advanced that if the Western human rights discourse is to be effectively corrected and evolve into a global one, critiques of Euro-centrism from outside the Western discursive world must ...


Navigating Perceptions Of ‘Otherness’ In The Classroom: One Experience, Nikitah O. Imani Jul 2004

Navigating Perceptions Of ‘Otherness’ In The Classroom: One Experience, Nikitah O. Imani

Black Studies Faculty Publications

As a direct result of the pervasive nature of Eurocentrism and Platonic epistemology in the academy today, teaching undergraduates is a special challenge for those who are viewed as representations of cultural others. This presents such teachers with what may be described at best as “unique” classroom experiences. Their “being” is rendered in a manner that places it on trial. This trial, taking place in the mind of the student becomes an additional barrier to the learning process, and oft-times a crutch that allows the interjection of variables of social and cultural stratification when the lack of academic preparation is ...


The New Negro Arts And Letters Movement Among Black University Students In The Midwest, 1914-1940, Richard M. Breaux Jan 2004

The New Negro Arts And Letters Movement Among Black University Students In The Midwest, 1914-1940, Richard M. Breaux

Black Studies Faculty Publications

The 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s were an exciting time for black artists and writers in the United States. Much of the historical literature highlights the so-called Harlem Renaissance or its successor, the Black Chicago Renaissance. Few studies, however, document the influence of these artistic movements outside major urban cities such as New York, Chicago, or Washington, DC. In his 1988 essay on black education, historian Ronald Butchart argued that the educational effects of black social movements such as the Harlem Renaissance on black schooling are unclear and underexplored. This article explores the influence of the New Negro arts and letters ...


Exploring Race, Racism, Racialism, And Empowerment: The Importance Of Researching And Documenting The Historical Experiences Of People Of Color At Pwis, Richard M. Breaux Nov 2003

Exploring Race, Racism, Racialism, And Empowerment: The Importance Of Researching And Documenting The Historical Experiences Of People Of Color At Pwis, Richard M. Breaux

Black Studies Faculty Proceedings & Presentations

The presenter discusses his experience with researching African and African American students' experiences in the archival collections of over 20 public and private PWls. Offers suggestions for research on campuses with little or no such documentation, and discusses the importance of oral history projects and research initiatives to build collections.


Qualitative And Quantitative Of Land-Use Managers' Attitudes Towards Environmental Justice, David O. Padgett, Nikitah O. Imani Nov 1999

Qualitative And Quantitative Of Land-Use Managers' Attitudes Towards Environmental Justice, David O. Padgett, Nikitah O. Imani

Black Studies Faculty Publications

On 11 February 1994, President Clinton signed Executive Order 12898 ‘‘Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations.’’ Under the order, 17 federal agencies and offices are required to compile information about the race, national origin, and income of populations in close proximity to federal facilities that may have a significant effect upon ecosystem and human health. The goal is to protect historically disenfranchised groups from being disproportionately impacted by negative externalities associated with federal actions.

This study examines the outcome of efforts to educate federal land-use managers about their roles in implementing the Executive Order ...


Review: Representing: Hip Hop Culture And The Production Of Black Cinema By S. Craig Watkinsreview, Nikitah O. Imani Sep 1999

Review: Representing: Hip Hop Culture And The Production Of Black Cinema By S. Craig Watkinsreview, Nikitah O. Imani

Black Studies Faculty Publications

S. Craig Watkins's Representing: Hip Hop Culture and the Production of Black Cinema is an imposter. That is to say, the "hip hop" part of the subtitle has nothing to do with the substance of the text as I read it, leaving one to wonder whether it was chosen as a marketing strategy.


Leaders Of The New School: A Comparative Analysis Of Selected African American Rap Artists, Andrew P. Smallwood Apr 1998

Leaders Of The New School: A Comparative Analysis Of Selected African American Rap Artists, Andrew P. Smallwood

Black Studies Faculty Proceedings & Presentations

“This is a presentation examining the cultural influence of rap groups Gang Starr, The Roots, and Rakim to examine their message directed at African American youth culture . . . It is through examining the messages in Rap music that we can educate Black youth about Black culture and Black life at the dawn of the 21st century.”


The Clarity And Confusion Offered By Historical Personal Identity Studies, Nikitah O. Imani May 1995

The Clarity And Confusion Offered By Historical Personal Identity Studies, Nikitah O. Imani

Black Studies Faculty Publications

This literature review and analysis focuses on the historical reference group orientation and personal identity study material done on Blacks in the United States. It argues that these studies were critically flawed in the sense that they made inappropriate assumptions about the link between the two kinds of measures that are the respective foci of their inquiry (i.e., personal identity and group self-esteem). As a result, their conclusions and implications, in terms of the development of psychological and sociological theories based upon their findings, constitute a major obstacle to the ultimate and accurate understanding of the processes of development ...


Racial Barriers To African American Entrepreneurship: An Exploratory Study, Joe E. Feagin, Nikitah Imani Nov 1994

Racial Barriers To African American Entrepreneurship: An Exploratory Study, Joe E. Feagin, Nikitah Imani

Black Studies Faculty Publications

Much has been written in the ethnic entrepreneurship literature about the contrasting business performance of African American entrepreneurs and those from other minority and immigrant groups. Yet very little research has been conducted by social scientists on the business experiences of black entrepreneurs. In this exploratory study we examine the situation of black contractors in the U.S. construction industry, utilizing 76 in-depth interviews in one of the South's metropolitan areas. We document the nuanced character of the racial barriers faced by black contractors in several areas of the construction industry. We find racial discrimination in unions, in white ...


The State Of Black Omaha 1980, Center For Public Affairs Research (Cpar) Jan 1980

The State Of Black Omaha 1980, Center For Public Affairs Research (Cpar)

Publications Archives, 1963-2000

In early 1978, the Urban League of Nebraska published a report designed to measure the status of Blacks in housing, employment, education, health care and political participation. At that time, Blacks in Omaha were found to be deficient in all the above areas in relation to the general community. Today, in early 1980, the basic facts of that report have not significantly changed. Blacks are still almost exclusively concentrated east of 48th Street with most of them having a median income just under 1 half that of the Omaha average of $16,000. Official figures indicate that while Black unemployment ...


The State Of Black Omaha 1978, The Urban League Of Nebraska, Inc. Jan 1978

The State Of Black Omaha 1978, The Urban League Of Nebraska, Inc.

Publications Archives, 1963-2000

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