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ERIC Number: ED528681
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 304
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-8018-8619-5
From Black Power to Black Studies: How a Radical Social Movement became an Academic Discipline
Rojas, Fabio
Johns Hopkins University Press
The black power movement helped redefine African Americans' identity and establish a new racial consciousness in the 1960s. As an influential political force, this movement in turn spawned the academic discipline known as Black Studies. Today there are more than a hundred Black Studies degree programs in the United States, many of them located in America's elite research institutions. In "From Black Power to Black Studies," Fabio Rojas explores how this radical social movement evolved into a recognized academic discipline. Rojas traces the evolution of Black Studies over more than three decades, beginning with its origins in black nationalist politics. His account includes the 1968 Third World Strike at San Francisco State College, the Ford Foundation's attempts to shape the field, and a description of Black Studies programs at various American universities. His statistical analyses of protest data illuminate how violent and nonviolent protests influenced the establishment of Black Studies programs. Integrating personal interviews and newly discovered archival material, Rojas documents how social activism can bring about organizational change. Shedding light on the black power movement, Black Studies programs, and American higher education, this historical analysis reveals how radical politics are assimilated into the university system. Appended are: (1) Note on Research Method; (2) Archives Consulted; (3) Newspapers Consulted; (4) People Interviewed by the Author; (5) Sample Interview Questions; (6) Interviews Collected by Others; (7) Quantitative Data Used; and (8) The Survey of Issues in Africana Studies. An index is included. (Contains 6 halftones and 2 line drawings.)
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States