- Contains original essays by expert contributors in the field of African-American Studies
- Creates a groundbreaking re-appraisal of the history and future of the field
- Includes a series of reflections from those who established African American Studies as a bona fide academic discipline
- Captures the dynamic interaction of African American Studies with other fields of inquiry.
Preface and Acknowledgments.
Note on the Text.
Introduction: On Working through a Most Difficult Terrain. (Lewis R. Gordon and Jane Anna Gordon).
Part I: Stones That Former Builders Refused.
1. On My First Acquaintance with Black Studies: A Yale Story. (Houston Baker, Jr.).
2. Sustaining Africology: On the Creation and Development of a Discipline. (Molefi Kete Asante).
3. Dreams, Nightmares, and Realities: Afro-American Studies at Brown University, 1969-1986. (Rhett Jones).
4. Black Studies in the Whirlwind: A Retrospective View. (Charlotte Morgan-Cato).
5. From the Birth to a Mature Afro-American Studies at Harvard, 1969-2002. (Martin Kilson).
6. Black Studies and Ethnic Studies: The Crucible of Knowledge and Social Action. (Johnnella E. Butler).
7. A Debate on Activism in Black Studies.
(Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Manning Marable).
8. Singing the Challenges: The Arts and Humanities as Collaborative Sites in African American Studies. (Herman Beavers).
9. On How We Mistook the Map for the Territory, and Re-Imprisoned Ourselves in Our Unbearable Wrongness of Being, of Desêtre: Black Studies Toward the Human Project. (Sylvia Wynter).
10. The New Auction Block: Blackness and the Marketplace. (Hazel V. Carby).
11. Black Studies, Black Professors, and the Struggles of Perception. (Nell Irvin Painter).
12. Autobiography of an Ex-White Man. (Robert Paul Wolff).
Part II: Such Fertile Fields. . ..
A The Blues Are Brewing . . . for a Humanistic Humanism.
13. Homage to Mistress Wheatley . (Rowan Ricardo Phillips).
14. Toni Cade Bambara's Those Bones Are Not My Child: Placing the Humanities at the Core of Black Studies. (Joyce Ann Joyce).
15. Jazz Consciousness. (Paul Austerlitz).
B What Does It Mean to Be a Problem?.
16. Afro-American Studies and the Rise of African-American Philosophy. (Paget Henry).
17. Sociology and the African Diaspora Experience . (Tukufu Zuberi).
18. Suicide in Black and White: Theories and Statistics. (Alvin Poussaint and Amy Alexander).
19. Some Reflections on Challenges Posed to Social-Scientific Method by the Study of Race. (Jane Anna Gordon).
20. African-American Queer Studies . (David Ross Fryer).
21. Black Studies, Race, and Critical Race Theory: A Narrative Deconstruction of Law . (Clevis Headley).
C Having Hitherto Interpreted the World, the Point is to Change It.
22. Unthinkable History?: Some Reflections on the Haitian Revolution, Historiography, and Modernity on the Periphery. (Sibylle Fischer).
23. Historical Consciousness in the Relation of African-American Studies to Modernity. (Stefan M. Wheelock).
24. An Emerging Mosaic: Rewriting Postwar African-American History. (Peniel E. Joseph).
25. Reflections on African-American Political Thought: The Many Rivers of Freedom. (B. Anthony Bogues).
26. Politics of Knowledge: Black Policy Professionals in the Managerial Age. (Floyd Hayes, III).
D Not by Bread Alone.
27. From the Nile to the Niger: The Evolution of African Spiritual Concepts. (Charles Finch, III).
28. Three Rival Narratives of Black Religion. (William D. Hart).
29. Babel in the North: Black Migration, Moral Community, and the Ethics of Racial Authenticity. (Eddie S. Glaude, Jr).
30. Orienting Afro-American Judaism: A Critique of White Normativity in Literature on Black Jews in America. (Walter Isaac).
Part III: Creolization and the Geography of Reason.
31. Playing with the Dark: The Deployment of Blackness and Brownness in the Africana and Latino Literary Imaginations. (Claudia M. Milian Arias).
32. Africana Studies: The International Context and Boundaries. (Anani Dzidzienyo).
33. Africana Thought and African-Diasporic Studies. (Lewis R. Gordon).