Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: October 18, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412979344 | Print ISBN: 9781412960830 | Online ISBN: 9781412979344 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this handbook
Chapter 62: Women's Leadership in the Development of African American Studies
Renée T. White
Women's leadership in the development of African American studies The story of the emergence of African American Studies within the United States in the 1960s is a story that challenges conventional wisdom concerning the development of academic disciplines. Institutions of higher education are charged with the creation, documentation, and dissemination of knowledge. Traditionally, Studies reflect the core methodological, conceptual, and theoretical threads of a particular discipline. It is taken for granted that new disciplines and fields of specialization only emerge when trained scholars who share some intellectual point of view gather together to seek out new ways of examining the unexamined. But with African American Studies the traditions were upended. It is a field of study that emerged from the efforts of politically radicalized young adults that challenged and transformed what we understand to be the utility and importance of scholarship and its impact on the communities inhabiting spaces outside ...