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 5: Rethinking Organizations from an Afrocentric Viewpoint
Rethinking Organizations from an Afrocentric Viewpoint
Although possessing widely differing assumptions about organizational and human nature, organizational theories all have one thing in common: They reflect the conceptual frameworks of Western social science, which are derivatives of Western ideology and thought. By exclusively reflecting the values and notions of Western society, these theories are circumscribable and biased and omit different conceptualizations of human beings and society found in other cultures. To this extent—and because Western social science has negated the worldview of African people (Akbar, 1984; Asante, 1987; Carruthers, 1989; Karenga, 1982)—some have argued for development of an alternative social science model reflective of the cultural background and cultural reality of African people (Akbar, 1984, 1985; Asante, 1980a, 1988; ...