COMBATING HEGEMONIC FORCES, FROM THE CONTINENT TO THE BEAT: CONNECTING AFRICANA PHILOSOPHY TO CRITICAL HIP-HOP PEDAGOGY
AuthorRoberts, DeChana M.
DepartmentAfrican American Studies
SubjectAfrican American Studies
African American Philosophy
Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
Philosophy For Children
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AbstractOne of the most critical issues impeding African American liberation today is the American education system, which overwhelmingly and disproportionately, negatively impacts African American youth. In defiance of the hegemonic system, African American adolescents have created alternative modes of expressing their native African sensibilities, connecting them back to traditional ancestral philosophy; one of the resulting cultural productions is Hip-Hop. The proceeding pages will offer a critical analysis of literature on Philosophy for Children (PFC/PWC), Africana Philosophy, and the use of Hip-Hop as a pedagogical tool in the classroom (CHHP), in order to discover connections between these three elements. The results showed significant similarities in the PFC/PWC and CHHP programs, supporting the hypothesis to develop a program incorporating both practices in the classroom as an alternative to Eurocentric pedagogy. Additionally this project creates space for future consideration of the connections between traditional Africana philosophy as praxis and Hip-Hop performance.
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