ERIC Number: ED183653
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Black Studies: Pedagogy and Our Adventure with Western Culture.
Butler, Johnnella E.
Those involved in Black Studies have continued to wage the struggle to decolonize information, but they have failed to pay sufficient attention to the explication of the major premises of that information which will lead to decolonization. This is what liberation is all about, and such liberation is tied to the affirmation and liberation of the cultural self. The analysis of the subject content of Black Studies from the perspective of the recognition of the intricacies of the double consciousness examined by Du Bois is central to the decolonization process. This paper, in examining the writings of various black authors, provides a blueprint for the decolonization process. Dialectics among cultural, political, economic and social realities are explored in order to clarify the dehumanization process and the role of cultural oppression. Ten principles are presented which summarize the underpinnings of a pedagogy applicable both within and outside the field of Black Studies. (Author/RLV)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Not available in paper copy due to light print; Paper presented at the Harvard University Department of Afro-American Studies Lecture Series (Cambridge, MA, October 24, 1979) and at the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History meeting (October 27, 1979)