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.
Part I: The Afrocentric Perspective: Ideology and Method
What is the significance of culture and of viewing it from a cultural framework? The three chapters in Part I focus on African American culture and discussions on the Afrocentric perspective.
Linda James Myers offers in Chapter 1 a discussion on culture. She identifies the deep structure of the African cultural heritage in terms of a conceptual system, one in which autobiography plays a significant role.
Chapter 2 by Norman Harris focuses on how Afrocentric philosophy ought to structure any discussion of African people. Afrocentricity, he argues, interacts to be fundamental with African American life.
In Chapter 3, Terry Kershaw elaborates on the Afrocentric method and its significance to the discipline of African American studies.[Page 2]