9780231187411-0231187416-Black Utopia: The History of an Idea from Black Nationalism to Afrofuturism

Black Utopia: The History of an Idea from Black Nationalism to Afrofuturism

ISBN-13: 9780231187411
ISBN-10: 0231187416
Author: Zamalin, Alex
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Format: Paperback 192 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780231187411
ISBN-10: 0231187416
Author: Zamalin, Alex
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Format: Paperback 192 pages

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Acknowledged authors Zamalin, Alex wrote Black Utopia: The History of an Idea from Black Nationalism to Afrofuturism comprising 192 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0231187416 and 9780231187411. Since then Black Utopia: The History of an Idea from Black Nationalism to Afrofuturism textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 3.31 or rent at the marketplace.

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Within the history of African American struggle against racist oppression that often verges on dystopia, a hidden tradition has depicted a transfigured world. Daring to speculate on a future beyond white supremacy, black utopian artists and thinkers offer powerful visions of ways of being that are built on radical concepts of justice and freedom. They imagine a new black citizen who would inhabit a world that soars above all existing notions of the possible.

In Black Utopia, Alex Zamalin offers a groundbreaking examination of African American visions of social transformation and their counterutopian counterparts. Considering figures associated with racial separatism, postracialism, anticolonialism, Pan-Africanism, and Afrofuturism, he argues that the black utopian tradition continues to challenge American political thought and culture. Black Utopia spans black nationalist visions of an ideal Africa, the fiction of W. E. B. Du Bois, and Sun Ra’s cosmic mythology of alien abduction. Zamalin casts Samuel R. Delany and Octavia E. Butler as political theorists and reflects on the antiutopian challenges of George S. Schuyler and Richard Wright. Their thought proves that utopianism, rather than being politically immature or dangerous, can invigorate political imagination. Both an inspiring intellectual history and a critique of present power relations, this book suggests that, with democracy under siege across the globe, the black utopian tradition may be our best hope for combating injustice.

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