- Subject index
Afrocentricity—the placement of African values and ideals at the center of the discussion surrounding African culture, discourse, and behavior—is an important framework that has emerged over the past decade. In this timely volume, editor Janice D. Hamlet has chosen essays that illuminate various aspects of African American culture, refracted through the lens of Afrocentric thought. In Part I, the basics of Afrocentric ideology and methodology are examined. Part II focuses on Afrocentric approaches to the dynamics of communication. The Afrocentric influence on the black aesthetic is covered in Part III, with an examination of language, literature, oral tradition, movies, and television. Part IV provides a glimpse into the future of Afrocentric visions.
Chapter 10: Afrocentric Heroes in Theater
Afrocentric Heroes in Theater
Heroes and the standards of heroism that a culture projects are important techniques for informing a society of behavioral ideals and expectations. One of the most important functions of heroism is identity bonding by the members of a culture that produce a particular hero. People must be able to connect their own identities to that of the hero in a manner that is consistent with the values of their culture. The linking or transfer of one's identity to another is closely associated with the concept of empathy. But the concept of identity bonding is much broader in scope than the emotional connections associated with the Eurocentric concept of empathy, although the group members must also have ...