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The Afrocentric Idea

The Afrocentric Idea Book Reviews• Asante, Molefi Kete. The Afrocentric Idea. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1987. The discussion of black issues by black persons does not make a discourse Afrocentric (169-70) . "Afrocentricity," as defined by Mo­ lefi Asante, means "placing African ideals at the center of any anal­ ysis that involves African culture and behavior" (6). At the ontologi­ cal level, it is "the most complete philosophical totalization of the African being-at-the-center of his or her existence" ( I2 5 ). Asante's further definition and application of the Afrocentric Idea as it relates to his particular interest in African-American orature is instructive to theomusicology as it, in the context of African diaspora cultures, seeks to become Afrocentric. Akin to the aim of Asante's book (vii, 8), the intent of theomusicology in a pan-African setting is to apply a post-Eurocentric idea alongside a post-androcentric ideology in order to advance the study and appreciation of African and African dias­ pora cultures . The Afrocentric Idea is a radical critique of a Eurocentrism that either claims outright universal hegemony or masquerades as univer­ sality (3-4). This is not a critique of ethnocentrism . It is a criticism of Eurocentric analysis that is assumed to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Black Sacred Music Duke University Press

The Afrocentric Idea

Black Sacred Music , Volume 4 (2) – Sep 1, 1990

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Copyright © 1990 by Duke University Press
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1043-9455
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2640-9879
DOI
10.1215/10439455-4.2.47
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Book Reviews• Asante, Molefi Kete. The Afrocentric Idea. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1987. The discussion of black issues by black persons does not make a discourse Afrocentric (169-70) . "Afrocentricity," as defined by Mo­ lefi Asante, means "placing African ideals at the center of any anal­ ysis that involves African culture and behavior" (6). At the ontologi­ cal level, it is "the most complete philosophical totalization of the African being-at-the-center of his or her existence" ( I2 5 ). Asante's further definition and application of the Afrocentric Idea as it relates to his particular interest in African-American orature is instructive to theomusicology as it, in the context of African diaspora cultures, seeks to become Afrocentric. Akin to the aim of Asante's book (vii, 8), the intent of theomusicology in a pan-African setting is to apply a post-Eurocentric idea alongside a post-androcentric ideology in order to advance the study and appreciation of African and African dias­ pora cultures . The Afrocentric Idea is a radical critique of a Eurocentrism that either claims outright universal hegemony or masquerades as univer­ sality (3-4). This is not a critique of ethnocentrism . It is a criticism of Eurocentric analysis that is assumed to

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Black Sacred MusicDuke University Press

Published: Sep 1, 1990

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