The Encyclopedia of Black Studies , originally published in print format in 2004, is the leading reference source for dynamic and innovative research on the Black Experience. The concept for the encyclopedia was developed from the successful Journal of Black Studies(SAGE) and contains a full analysis of the economic, political, sociological, historical, literary, and philosophical issues related to Americans of African descent. This single volume reference is the vanguard of the recent explosive growth in quality scholarship in the field. More than a chronicle of black culture or black people, this encyclopedia deals with the emergence and maturity of an intellectual field over the past four decades. Beginning with the protests at San Francisco State in 1967 that led to the first degree granting department of Black Studies, the field's rapid growth over time necessitates an authoritative account of the discipline. More than ever scholars and students need a clear conception of what the evolutionary processes have been in the creation and maintenance of the discipline. Over 240 signed articles by nearly 200 scholars, organized A to Z, with coverage spanning the social sciences.
"...this formulation of the central ideas of an imporant group of scholars will be a valuable addition to many academic collections."
--Lawrence Looks at Books, August 2005
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