In a Shade of Blue
Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America
By (author) Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
In a Shade of Blue by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
Book DescriptionIn this provocative book, Eddie S. Glaude Jr. makes an impassioned plea for black America to address its social problems by recourse to experience - and with an eye set on the promise and potential of the future, rather than the fixed ideas and categories of the past. Central to Glaude's mission is a rehabilitation of philosopher John Dewey, whose ideas, he argues, can be fruitfully applied to a renewal of African American politics.According to Glaude, Dewey's pragmatism, when attentive to the darker dimensions of life - or what we often speak of as the blues - can address many of the conceptual problems that plague contemporary African American discourse. How blacks think about themselves, how they imagine their own history, and how they conceive of their own actions can be rendered in ways that escape bad ways of thinking that assume a tendentious political unity among African Americans simply because they are black. Drawing deeply on black religious thought and literature, "In a Shade of Blue" seeks to dislodge such crude and simplistic thinking and replace it with a deeper understanding of and appreciation for black life in all its variety and intricacy. Glaude argues that only when black political leaders acknowledge such complexity can the real-life sufferings of many African Americans be remedied, an argument echoed in the recent rhetoric and optimism of Barack Obama's presidential campaign."In a Shade of Blue" is a remarkable work of political commentary, and to follow its trajectory is to learn how African Americans arrived at this critical moment in their cultural and political history - and to envision where they might head in the twenty-first century.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226298252
(230mm x 165mm x 15mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 17-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback (August 2014)
Offers a provocative historical and philosophical treatment of the religious life of African Americans. Glaude argues that the phrase "African American religion" is meaningful only insofar as it singles out the distinctive ways religion has been leveraged by African Americans to respond to different racial regimes in the United States.
African American Religious Thought, Paperback (November 2003)» View all books by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
An anthology of African American religious thought, compiled by Eddie Glaude, which is intended to redefine the field of African religious studies. They move it into dialogue with American religion, modernity and the new world.
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Author Biography - Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University. He is the author of Exodus! Religion, Race, and Nation in Early Nineteenth-Century Black America and editor of Is It Nation Time? Contemporary Essays on Black Power and Black Nationalism, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
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