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The Birth of African-American Culture: An Anthropological Perspective

Sidney W. Mintz


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PUBLISHED: 31st July 1992
ISBN: 9780807009178
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This compelling look at the wellsprings of cultural vitality during one of the most dehumanizing experiences in history provides a fresh perspective on the African-American past.
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  • Paperback
    $32.84
PUBLISHED: 31st July 1992
ISBN: 9780807009178
ANNOTATION:
This compelling look at the wellsprings of cultural vitality during one of the most dehumanizing experiences in history provides a fresh perspective on the African-American past.

Annotation

This compelling look at the wellsprings of cultural vitality during one of the most dehumanizing experiences in history provides a fresh perspective on the African-American past.

Publisher Description

This compelling look at the wellsprings of cultural vitality during one of the most dehumanizing experiences in history provides a fresh perspective on the African-American past.

Author Biography

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Review

A classic. The most cogent and detailed attempt to think through what acculturation of Africans in the Americas was like. --Albert J. Raboteau

Long Description

For decades now we have been told that we are living through a governance revolution. Gone are the days when government agencies and bureaucrats told us what to do and how to do it. We are no longer clients of the state but empowered citizens who are able to take greater control over our own lives and the activities of those who govern in our name. Across the world the prevailing narrative has become one of Good Governance, devolution, liberation, and freedom of expression. In policy fields as diverse as development planning, healthcare, and public transport a neo-pluralist rhetoric has emerged based on the principles of 'co-production' and partnership working. And yet at the same time a curious paradox is emerging. Whilst the prevailing zeitgeist is one of openness and citizen empowerment, this book will show that in reality new modes of governance are emerging in which state controls have actually been expanded into many spheres of life that were previously left unregulated. For some a new political economy of 'regulatory capitalism' has emerged and this, in turn, has ushered in unprecedented forms of state-led privatisation under which democratically-elected politicians have voluntarily handed over their powers, responsibilities, and resources to new corporate elites who promise to deliver services in more efficient and equitable ways. As the discussion will show, in reality the rhetoric of Good Governance has, therefore, been used to legitimate the wholesale transfer of welfare assets and services beyond the democratic control of state actors and the citizens that they represent. Privatisation has become a new utopianism that involves a revolution in ways of thinking about democracy, governance, and urban management, the implications of which will be felt by current and future generations.

Review Quote

A classic. The most cogent and detailed attempt to think through what acculturation of Africans in the Americas was like. --Albert J. Raboteau

Product Details

Author
Sidney W. Mintz
Short Title
BIRTH OF AFRICAN-AMER CULTURE
Language
English
ISBN-10
0807009172
ISBN-13
9780807009178
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Year
1992
Publication Date
1992-07-31
Subtitle
An Anthropological Perspective
Country of Publication
United States
Edition
1st
Pages
144
Residence
Baltimore, MD, US
Publisher
Beacon Press
Audience
General/Trade