Naming and Defining

  title={Naming and Defining},
  author={Ama Mazama},
  journal={Journal of Black Studies},
  pages={65 - 76}
  • Ama Mazama
  • Published 1 September 2009
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of Black Studies
Although it came into existence 40 years ago, Black Studies is still referred to by many names today. This proliferation of labels attests that, indeed, the question of naming remains a sensitive one for Black Studies. However, and this is one of the main contentions of the present article, this unfinished naming process reflects a deeper and equally unsettled issue: that of self-definition. Most specifically, it is argued here that as long as Black Studies is primarily defined by subject… 
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