Du Bois's Dialectics

Du Bois's Dialectics : Black Radical Politics and the Reconstruction of Critical Social Theory

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Du Bois's Dialectics is doubly distinguished from other books on Du Bois because it is the first extended exploration of Du Bois's contributions to new critical theory and the first book-length treatment of his contributions to contemporary black radical politics and the developing discipline of Africana Studies. With chapters that undertake ideological critiques of education, religion, the politics of reparations, and the problematics of black radical politics in contemporary culture and society, Du Bois's Dialectics employs Du Bois as its critical theoretical point of departure and demonstrates his (and Africana Studies') contributions to, as well as contemporary critical theory's connections to, critical pedagogy, sociology of religion, and reparations theory. Rabaka offers the first critical theoretical treatment of the W. E. B. Du Bois_Booker T. Washington debate, which lucidly highlights Du Bois's transition from a bourgeois black liberal to a black radical and revolutionary democratic socialist. This book is primarily directed at scholars, advanced undergraduate and graduate students working in and associated with Africana Studies, American Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Cultural Studies.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 354 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739130994
  • 9780739130995

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A reading of Du Bois's Dialectics will provide a foundation for understanding not only the work of racial/ethnic family studies scholars, family sociologists, and critical race theorists but also publications by recent feminist family studies scholars who have addressed the importance and challenges of theorizing different, identity, and intersectionality and practicing self-reflexivity in family studies research. This rich, detailed study of W. E. B. Du Bois's scholarship appreciates the tremendous array of Du Bois's resources, methods, and diverse approaches to social thought and critical theory in a unique and thorough way.--Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, Colby College Rabaka's "Du Bois's Dialectics" is a pathbreaking work infused with intellectual integrity, thought-provoking insights, encyclopedic scope, and deep cross-disciplinary ramifications that we will be talking about for many years. W. E. B. Du Bois would be proud of this remarkable achievement.--John Brown Childs, University of California, Santa Cruz Rabaka's work is a must read as it truly makes an important contribution to the body of literature on Du Bois and critical theory. It moves us in a new direction, forcing us to think outside the intellectual box. The book will serve a variety of purposes for historians, sociologists, political scientists...and students who are in search of new ways to understand the complex array of Du Bois' thought, ideas, methods and resources. I highly recommend this book for academic reading and analysis.--Ronald Stephens "Journal Of African American Studies " Rabaka's work is a must read as it truly makes an important contribution to the body of literature on Du Bois and critical theory. It moves us in a new direction, forcing us to think outside the intellectual box. The book will serve a variety of purposes for historians, sociologists, political scientists...and students who are in search of new ways to understand the complex array of Du Bois' thought, ideas, methods and resources. I highly recommend this book for academic reading and analysis....--Ronald Stephens "Journal Of African American Studies " Rabaka's Du Bois's Dialectics is a pathbreaking work infused with intellectual integrity, thought-provoking insights, encyclopedic scope, and deep cross-disciplinary ramifications that we will be talking about for many years. W. E. B. Du Bois would be proud of this remarkable achievement.--John Brown Childs, University of California, Santa Cruzshow more

About Reiland Rabaka

Reiland Rabaka is associate professor of Africana studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he is also an affiliate professor of women and gender studies and a research fellow at the Center for Studies of Ethnicity and Race in America (CSERA). He is also the recipient of the Cheikh Anta Diop Distinguished Career Award.show more

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