Black Studies in Historical Perspective

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This paper presents an overview of the major intellectual forces affecting black scholars in the past and an outline of what will occur in the future. The role of the white researcher is discussed in relationship to the concept of scientific objectivity, with an illustration of how the very concepts employed by researchers (“integration” versus “liberation”) channel their energies in one direction as opposed to another. Discussion of black behavior is grounded in a consideration of African behavior. Black Americans are viewed as fundamentally African, not European; the difference between these two provides the legitimate epistemological foundation for a distinctive Black Studies.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-108
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Social Issues
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1973


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