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Methods Beyond Methods: A Model for Africana Graduate Methods Training
A holistic graduate education can impart not just tools and knowledge, but critical positioning to fulfill many of the original missions of Africana Studies programs set forth in the 1960s and 1970s. As an interdisciplinary field with many approaches to examining the African Diaspora, the methodological training of graduate students can vary across graduate programs. Although taking qualitative methods courses are often required of graduate students in Africana Studies programs, and these programs offer such courses, rarely if ever are graduate students in these programs required to take quantitative methods courses, let alone have these courses offered in-house. These courses can offer Africana Studies graduate students new tools for their own research, but more importantly, improve their knowledge of quantitative research of diasporic communities. These tools and knowledge can assist with identifying flawed arguments about African-descended communities and their members. This article explores the importance of requiring and offering critical quantitative methods courses in graduate programs in Africana Studies, and discusses the methods requirements of one graduate program in the field as an example of more rigorous training that other programs could offer graduate students.
iBlack Studies Subtitle:Sustaining Black Studies in the 21st Century—The Digital Edition
Digital version of the International Journal of Africana Studies special issue “Sustaining Black Studies in the 21st Century.” This special issue of the International Journal of Africana Studies brings together papers and conversations addressing the needs of Black Studies from an ideologically diverse group of scholars.
African American History, Culture, and Digital Humanities (AADHum) Initiative
The African American History, Culture, and Digital Humanities (AADHum) Initiative brings African American studies and digital humanities together in order to support scholars and expand upon both fields, making the digital humanities more inclusive of African American history and culture and enriching African American studies research with digital methods, archives, and tools
Researching Black Communities by
Publication Date: 2012-09-14
Experts from a range of disciplines offer practical advice for conducting social science research in racial and ethnic minority populations. Readers will learn how to choose appropriate methods--longitudinal studies, national surveys, quantitative analysis, personal interviews, and other qualitative approaches--and how best to employ them for research on specific demographic groups. The volume opens with a brief introduction to the difficulty of defining a population and designing a research program and then moves to illustrative examples drawn from the contributors' own studies of Blacks in the United States, the Caribbean, and South Africa. Case studies cover research on the media, mental health, churches, work, marital relationships, education, and family roles.
Handbook of Black Studies by
Publication Date: 2005-11-10
The Handbook has three main divisions: historical and cultural foundations; philosophical and conceptual basis; and critical and analytical concepts and brings together all the main research and scholarship in the field of African-American or black studies. All contributors are pre-eminent scholars in the field. The Editors are two of the most prominent scholars in the field with high name recognition. The Excellent 3-Part organization brings the latest conceptual and analytical thinking into focus.
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