ERIC Number: ED367035
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-20
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Forever Claiming Our Space(s): African American Communication Studies and the Repertoires of African American Popular Culture.
Woodyard, Jeffrey Lynn
The works of over 75 communication scholars have consistently traced the markers of communication in African American life. There exists a complex and varied corpus that is necessarily interdisciplinary and multifarious in perspectives and context. The space(s) is theirs to define and, perhaps, to claim. Such studies may reward scholars most when they are nuanced with the kind of historical consciousness that gives way to analytical narratives and allows reflection on the moral accountabilities which telling such stories often produces. A nuanced historical narrative constructs African American life while remembering that both the past and the present are composites of equivocality, dubiety, ambiguity. The principal issue regarding Afrocentricity in African American communication studies is the degree to which Afrocentric perspectives advance the collection of stories and analyses that will allow scholars to understand how they signify meaning and create understanding within the contexts of macrostructural dehumanization. Popular African American culture is fertile with the markers of the "dynamics of being" of African descent in the United States. The production and consumption of African American popular culture in the context of all American cultural productivity alongside the influences of market-driven values are within the purview of African American communication studies. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: African Americans; Communication Context
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami Beach, FL, November 18-21, 1993).