Afrocentrism:Mythical Pasts and Imagined Homes

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“Precise and courageous … A landmark.” —Brian Appleyard, Sunday Times

In this provocative study, Stephen Howe traces the sources and ancestries of the Afrocentric movement, and closely analyses the writings of its leading proponents. Hard-hitting yet subtle and scholarly in its appraisal of Afrocentric ideas, and based on wide-ranging research in the histories both of Afro-America and of Africa itself, Afrocentrism not only demolishes the mythical “history” taught by black ultra-nationalists but suggests paths towards a true historical consciousness of Africa and its diaspora.


  • The bravest work to appear from the academy in years.

    Financial Times Books of the Year (1998)
  • Precise and courageous ... Howe’s book is a landmark.

    Brian AppleyardSunday Times
  • A spirited, meticulously researched polemic ... With unrelenting energy and intellectual rigour, Howe traces the history and development of Afrocentric ideas.

    Kate TeltscherGuardian