The Quest for Community and Identity Critical Essays in Africana Social Philosophy

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  • Copyright: 2001-12-20
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

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This collection of essays engages two of the most fundamental social and political issues of our time: community and identity. Wrestling with the perplexities of these two issues within the Africana world, the contributors delve into the influences of a postmodern world of globalization with outdated, crumbling forms of identity and sociality. In the wake of such an order, new forms of identity and community must be established.

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Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Exploring Perplexities of Identity
Racism, Historical Ruins, and the Task of Identity Formationp. 15
To Be or Not to Be Black: Problematics of Racial Identityp. 29
Postmodernism, Narrative, and the Question of Black Identityp. 45
Du Bois and Appiah: The Politics of Race and Racial Identityp. 73
In Quest of Community: Sociality and Situated Freedom
Of the Quest for Freedom As Communityp. 87
Sociality and Community in Black: A Phenomenological Essayp. 105
Historical Crises of Identity and Community
Visions of Transcendent Community in the Works of Toni Morrisonp. 127
Paulette Nardal, Race Consciousness, and Antillean Lettersp. 143
The Revival of Black Nationalism and the Crisis of Liberal Universalismp. 159
Commodification and Existence in African American Communitiesp. 185
Liberalism, Postmodernism, and the Quest for Community
Black Philosophy As a Challenge to Liberalismp. 211
Democracy, Transitional Justice, and Postcolonial African Communitiesp. 229
Community: What Type of Entity and What Type of Moral Commitment?p. 243
Theorizing Black Communityp. 257
Selected Bibliographyp. 285
Indexp. 287
About the Contributorsp. 289
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