Africology and the Question of Disciplinary Language

  title={Africology and the Question of Disciplinary Language},
  author={Ama Mazama},
  journal={Journal of Black Studies},
  pages={447 - 464}
  • Ama Mazama
  • Published 13 April 2021
  • Art
  • Journal of Black Studies
This essay is a contribution to Africology’s discipline-building. It examines more particularly the importance of disciplinary language, stressing the need for clear language and consistent definitions. Of particular concern are terms like “African-centeredness” and “Africancentered” which have never been clearly defined although they are widely used. This clout, this essay argues, impedes discipline-building efforts by introducing and sustaining semantic and terminological incoherence. 


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