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African Scholar in North America, The

This entry focuses on what it means to be Black/African and a scholar in North America. In so doing, it also describes the situation of African scholars in the Western academy.

The Embodiment of Power

Knowledge production is and has always been about embodiment. The terms African scholar and Black scholar are used interchangeably herein to affirm the power embodied in African[ness] and Black identity. This is not a gesture to the body per se, but more important, to the politics of the body. Given the discomfort about Black[ness] in the Western academy, what epistemological claims can be made about the African scholar? What are his or her roles and expectations in the Western academy? How can an African’s question about what it ...

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