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 	African-Centered Research MethodologiesAbdul Karim Bangura
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African-Centered Research Methodologies

From Ancient Times to the Present (First Edition)
By Abdul Karim Bangura

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60927-086-5, 322 pages


After almost three centuries of employing Western research methodologies, many African communities, both on the continent and throughout the world, remain marginalized in contemporary discourse. It is obvious that these Western methodologies have done relatively little good for Africans. To rectify this oversight and bring these African communities to the fore, a shift in perspective is needed, and this book posits the adoption of alternative, African-centered research methodologies as a solution. Employing such methodologies would enable African communities to define their unique identities from their unique perspectives and would help offer a long-overdue challenge to entrenched European paradigms of Africans as the “other.”

To enable readers to apply a methodology systematically in investigating a phenomenon of interest to him/her, chapters in African-Centered Research Methodologies include:

  • An introduction to the method discussed
  • A definition of the method
  • The sub-areas of the method
  • A brief history and brief backgrounds of the pioneers of the method
  • Major research questions investigated by the method
  • Major concepts and/or theories of the method
  • Major research topics covered by the method
  • Types of methodological approaches employed
  • Major academic journals and publications that publish works utilizing the method
  • A sample of outstanding scholarly works that have employed the method
  • A conclusion

Abdul Karim Bangura holds Ph.D.s in political science, development economics, linguistics, computer science, and mathematics. Dr. Bangura is a professor of research methodology and political science at Howard University, and a researcher-in-residence at the Center for Global Peace in the School of International Service at American University. The author of 75 books and over 600 scholarly articles, Dr. Bangura won the prestigious 2012 Cecil B. Curry Book Award for African Mathematics: From Bones to Computers.

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The African National Anthem, "Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika": A Pragmatic Linguistic Analysis
Islam and Political Economic Systems
Islamic Civilization, Amity, Equanimity and Tranquility: Analyzing and Inventing Peace Paradigms, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding Strategies
Law, Politics, and African Americans in Washington, DC
Social-Economic Trends in Washington, DC
Gender and Ethnicity in Washington, DC
United States Congress Versus Apartheid
Fettered -tions and -isms
Fractal Complexity in the Works of Major Black Thinkers: Volume One
Fractal Complexity in the Works of Major Black Thinkers
A Comprehensive Introduction to Research Methods (Volume 1): Quantitative Methods: Volume 1: Quantitative Methods
Fractal Complexity in the Works of Major Black Thinkers: Volume Three