ERIC Number: ED126200
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Toward a Methodology of Black Studies.
Mhone, Guy C. Z.
This paper suggests that the current crisis in Black Studies is due to its failure to achieve full legitimacy as a unique academic area of concern. The paper further contends that the lack of an external and internal legitimacy is due to the lack of an objectively identifiable unique methodology to undergrid Black Studies. Section I addresses the need for a methodology of Black Studies and focuses on the problem, method, perspective, and methodology (value-bias and value-orientation), and also discusses the "Death of White Sociology." Section II addresses issues concerning the development of a substantive structure for a Black Studies methodology. Here, the problem is discussed along with a Black Studies perspective, the substantive structure, the dominance-subjugation threat-submission (DS/TS) system, conditions for the identification of the DS/TS system, implication of the DS/TS system, and some implications of the DS/TS system for empirical research (identifying oppression, the homogeneity of black people, and race and class). Ideology and methodology are the focus of the concluding section. The search for a methodology of Black Studies in the Black Studies crisis is the primary aim of actualizing a long run internal and external legitimacy. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Black Community, Black Culture, Black Education, Black History, Black Influences, Black Studies, Conceptual Schemes, Cultural Background, Cultural Education, Ethnic Groups, Methods Research, Minority Groups, Program Effectiveness, Research Design, Research Methodology, Research Needs, Research Problems, Structural Analysis
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (Atlanta, Georgia, October 15-19, 1975)