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The Global Intercultural Communication Reader, 2e, 2nd Edition by Jing Yin, Yoshitaka Miike, Molefi Kete Asante

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Afrocentricity

Toward a New Understanding of African Thought in the World

Molefi Kete Asante

This chapter is Molefi Kete Asante’s powerful testimony of marginalized people’s desire and determination toward the recovery of cultural identity and human dignity. His discussion first centers on the African origin of philosophy and the contributions of the earliest African philosophers, which have been eradicated from the intellectual universe due to the Eurocentric structure of knowledge. Asante’s discussion then turns to his signature theory of Afrocentricity that he has pioneered and advanced for the past several decades. He defines the Afrocentric paradigm by highlighting five minimum characteristics: (1) an intense interest in psychological ...

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