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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 4: Afrocentric Cultural Consciousness and African American Male-Female Relationships

Afrocentric Cultural Consciousness and African American Male-Female Relationships
Afrocentric cultural consciousness and African American male-female relationships
Yvonne R.Bell
Cathy L.Bouie
Joseph A.Baldwin

The subject of Black male-female relationships is not a new area of focus in psychology. However, the dominant thrust of the existing research has been pathology-centered. It suggests that Black heterosexual relationships are characterized by a plethora of conflicts and problems (Farley & Hermalin, 1971), such as instability, disintegration, and pathological weaknesses (Frazier, 1957; Glazier & Moynihan, 1965; Thomas & Sillen, 1972).

In this type of pathology-centered research, it is typically assumed that Black heterosexual relationships are based on the same values, beliefs, and life-styles as those governing Euro-American heterosexual relationships. Supportive of this viewpoint is the emphasis on Black-White comparisons and the cross-cultural insensitivity of the ...

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