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Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture by Ytasha L. Womack

By Ytasha L. Womack

Comprising components of the avant-garde, technological know-how fiction, state-of-the-art hip-hop, black comix, and image novels, Afrofuturism spans either underground and mainstream popular culture. With a twofold target to entertain and enlighten, Afrofuturists try to collapse racial, ethnic, and all social obstacles to empower and unfastened members to be themselves. This e-book introduces readers to the burgeoning artists growing Afrofuturist works, the heritage of innovators some time past, and the big variety of matters they discover. From the sci-fi literature of Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler, and NK Jemisin to the musical cosmos of solar Ra, George Clinton, and the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am, to the visible and multimedia artists encouraged by means of African Dogon myths and Egyptian deities, themes variety from the "alien" event of blacks in the United States to the "wake up" cry that peppers sci-fi literature, sermons, and activism. Interviews with rappers, composers, musicians, singers, authors, comedian illustrators, painters, and DJs, in addition to Afrofuturist professors, supply a firsthand examine this interesting move.

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Interestingly, during the 1960s Merton also ended his "parallel profes­ sional practice" of problem-oriented and applied social research organized through the Bureau. In part he had attained a position where he didn't need the resources applied research brought. In part his interests had shift­ ed to renewed engagement in the sociology of science, and to a mixture of proj ects in theory and intellectual history that he could pursue in the library rather than in the collective research team. One of these was "so­ ciological semantics," which both Peter Simonson and Harriet Zuckerman address below (in Chapters ro and II respectively) .

London: Tavistick. , ed. 1980. Science and Social Structure: a Festschrift for Robert K Merton. New York: New York Academy of Sciences. Haber, Samuel. 2008. " In Encyclopedia ofAmerican jewish History, ed. Stephen H. Norwood and Eunice G. Pollack, 734-8. New York: ABC/Clio. Kuhn, Thomas S . 1962. lhe Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Merton, Robert K. 1938a. " In OSIRIS: Studies on the History and Philosophy of Science, and on the History ofLearning and Culture, ed.

At the time that he formulated it, sociolo­ gy was dominated by the ambition of theory-building on a grand scale. As anthropology before it, any sociological theorist worth his salt attempted to construct all-encompassing intellectual edifices in which the words "sys­ tem," "laws," and "science" were liberally interspersed. Such efforts were numerous and certainly not limited to Marx's "scientific" materialism or Spencer's evolutionism. The German Tonnies, the Frenchman Cuvillier, the Americans Sumner, Cooley, and Maciver, the Russian Sorokin all tried their hand at this enterprise.

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