© 2009

Africana Cultures and Policy Studies

Scholarship and the Transformation of Public Policy

  • Editors
  • Zachery Williams

Part of the Contemporary Black History book series (CBH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: Africana Cultures and Policy Studies

  3. Public Policy Foundations and Culture Critiques

  4. Urban Culture and Public Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Robert Smith, Debra Smith
      Pages 73-93
    3. Tekla Ali Johnson, Pearl Ford, Greg Wiggan, Deborah Brown Quick
      Pages 113-129
  5. Gender and Policy Construction

  6. African/African Diasporan Culture, Immigration, and Policy

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 261-281

About this book


This book introduces Africana Cultures and Policy Studies as an interdisciplinary field of study, rooted in the historical experience of people of African descent and focusing on policy development, anlaysis, and practical application.


American Studies policy-making USA

About the authors

ZACHERY WILLIAMS  is an Assistant Professor of African American History at the University of Akron, USA.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Africana Cultures and Policy Studies
  • Book Subtitle Scholarship and the Transformation of Public Policy
  • Editors Z. Williams
  • Series Title Contemporary Black History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2009
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-230-60280-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-37115-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-62209-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 281
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of the Americas
    US History
    Modern History
    Public Policy
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"By instituting what they introduce as the Africana Cultures and Policy Studies paradigm, these policy-oriented scholars make the novel yet common sense claim that the histories and experiences of those subject to policy decisions should serve as the foundation for policy making, analysis, and implementation. In the very moment that the US has the historic potential to chart a new course in domestic and foreign relations, Williams and his associates make clear: the very wretched of the earth that public policy set out to save may in fact save us all!" - Davarian L. Baldwin, Author of Chicago's New Negroes: Modernity, the Great Migration, and Black Urban Life

"This insightful book provides a paradigm for effectively making and implementing policy to improve the quality of life among disadvantaged Africana peoples. It inspires discourse across disciplines - intersecting studies in Africana history, culture and policy - and among community leaders, historians and policymakers." - Lillian Ashcraft-Eason, Professor of History, Bowling Green State University

"This collection provides a profoundly important contribution to the fields of Africana Studies, history, and public policy because it challenges scholars and activists to consider the ways in which historical and interdisciplinary research can contribute to broader discussions about race, culture, and the development of domestic and international policy.While most historical studies tend to avoid issues of policy and practical application, these essays boldly apply scholarly inquiry and historical research to public policy and offer important insights about how scholarly analysis can create meaningful transformation in the Black community and throughout the world." - Leslie M. Alexander, Associate Professor of History, The Ohio State University

"This a much needed and excellent attempt to incorporate the intersection of culture and structure in the development of social policy as it relates to Africana peoples in Africa and throughout the diaspora. It is an approach that can help us better understand why certain social policies are ineffective for 'marginalized' peoples. It is a must read for anyone interested in the intersection between Africana Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Social Policy, and the unity of theory and practice." - Dr. Terry Kershaw, Professor and Head, Department of African and African American Studies,University of Cincinnati, andEditor ofthe International Journal of Africana Studies

"This book offers innovative and broadly conceived intellectual work with practical application beyond the academy. From the challenges faced in our cities to foreign policy, this work represents a well delineated theory that offers fresh ideas on the practical uses of Africana scholarship. It is an outward-looking and analytically thorough exploration of the utility of scholarship and its role in social application." - Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar, Director, Institute for African American Studies and Associate Professor of History, University of Connecticut