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Du Bois's Dialectics: Black Radical Politics and the Reconstruction of Critical Social Theory


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Du Bois's Dialectics is doubly distinguished from other books on Du Bois because it is the first extended exploration of Du Bois's contributions to new critical theory and the first book-length treatment of his contributions to contemporary black radical politics and the developing discipline of Africana Studies. With chapters that undertake ideological critiques of education, religion, the politics of reparations, and the problematics of black radical politics in contemporary culture and society, Du Bois's Dialectics employs Du Bois as its critical theoretical point of departure and demonstrates his (and Africana Studies') contributions to, as well as contemporary critical theory's connections to, critical pedagogy, sociology of religion, and reparations theory. Rabaka offers the first critical theoretical treatment of the W. E. B. Du Bois ”Booker T. Washington debate, which lucidly highlights Du Bois's transition from a bourgeois black liberal to a black radical and revolutionary democratic socialist. This book is primarily directed at scholars, advanced undergraduate and graduate students working in and associated with Africana Studies, American Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Cultural Studies.

About the Author

\Reiland Rabaka is associate professor of Africana studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he is also an affiliate professor of women and gender studies and a research fellow at the Center for Studies of Ethnicity and Race in America (CSERA).

Table of Contents

Preface: Du Bois's dialectics and the Africana tradition of critical theory — Introduction: Du Bois, the renewal of Black radical politics, and the reconstruction of critical social theory — Africana critical pedagogy : Du Bois's philosophy of education, sociology of education, anthropology of education, and critical educational theory — The Du Bois-Washington debate : social leadership, intellectual legacy, and the lingering problematics of African American politics — The prophet of problems : Du Bois's philosophy of religion, sociology of religion, critique of the Black (and White) church, and critical theory of liberation theology — Critical reparations theory : Du Bois's revolutionary pan-Africanism and revolutionary humanism — The souls of Black radical folk : Du Bois, Africana studies, and the crises of contemporary critical social theory.

Product Details

Lexington Books
Social Science : Ethnic Studies - African American Studies -
Rabaka, Reiland
Reiland Rabaka
Discrimination & Racism
Ethnic Studies-Racism and Ethnic Conflict
African American Studies-General
Religion and sociology
African Americans--Politics and government
Du Bois, W. E. B - Political and social views
Social Science : Discrimination & Racism
Philosophy : Social
Publication Date:
July 2009

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