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Developed in the midst of the ideological and practical struggles of the s by activist‐scholar Maulana Karenga, Kawaida understands itself. And we use it to address critical issues of our time in this year’s 34th Annual Seminar in Kawaida Social Theory and Practice, July Kawaida Theory: An African Communitarian Philosophy [Maulana Karenga] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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I was compelled to create the African Warrior Tradition for several reasons. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

Justin marked it as to-read Nov 30, Maulana Karenga, are focused on the conceptualization of culture as an engine of social transformation. First, many of the on-line discussion forums focused on the African arts have de-evolved into extremely divisive discussions regarding authenticity, or have taken on a very fundamentalist bent.

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This is true in many regards. And our task remains and cannot be other than to lift up the light in the midst of the night that surrounds us and hurry the dawn, to keep the fires theorg freedom burning thru constant and conscientious struggle, to love each other in the midst thoery the hatred directed toward us, to defend and give power to the vulnerable, to bear witness to truth to love justice, to hate wrongdoing and always do what is good.

Thus in Capoeira, the ground is employed as an offensive space. The goal is progressive perfection and the teachings thus express the assumption of human perfectibility. There are generally two perspectives on the process of Re-Africanization: This style helped me to develop an appreciation for simplicity and comprehensiveness in a fighting system.


Secondly, our thrust is to continue and expand political education process through literature forums and social practice which akwaida and clarifies issues; reinforces community, and teaches and increases political participation and political action.

University of Chicago Press, Click here for free trial login. Retrieved December 25, from Encyclopedia. Van Deburg, William L. Eventually I decided to postpone pursuing the African arts and at the recommendation of a kawaidw of mine I began studying Wing Chun Kung Fu.

When we take the ideas of Kawaida and begin to look critically at the numerous, vexing issues that plague the African American community we can certainly problematize the role of maladaptive cultural responses that contribute unwittingly to this malaise. It was an environment where one could readily see the contradictions between the ethos of American society and its actual practices. Furthermore, many proponents of a cultural composite may draw more heavily from one particular cultural context than others, this may even be more salient in specific domains of cultural knowledge and practice, thus producing areas of specificity within a larger composite framework.

Kawaida Theory: An African Communitarian Philosophy

I also got introduced to Kali stick fighting and some Jeet Kune Do around this time. And why were they so effective? Finally, we continue to help rebuild expand and sustain the liberation movement. Yasmin marked it as to-read Sep 04, Why so much popularity of African Martial Arts? We have also been remiss in promoting the values that are most relevant to our collective welfare and development.


We need to support and sustain his work. Brittini Ward marked it as to-read May 21, Norms are the standards of behavior deemed appropriate or necessary by the community. Siphamandla Zondi marked it as to-read Sep 30, If not, then these politics are, at best, insufficient.

To be sure, we do need to address matters of authenticity. Thirty, forty years ago, we were still debating about what the future will be: Lastly, one cannot understand Capoeira without understanding cultural dynamics and political history of central and southwestern Africa; as well as the horrors of the Maafa, and African resistance to enslavement in Brazil. I trained with this group for a couple of years before moving on.

Curtis Hills marked it as to-read Jan 27, NAKO sponsors workshops, forums, and symposia to promote awareness of and appreciation for Africa in the black community. Advocates of cultural specificity emphasize the importance of our immersing ourselves in the culture of a specific ethnic group often Ashanti or Yoruba. Capoeira uses the horizontal and vertical planes.

Kawaida Theory: An African Communitarian Philosophy by Maulana Karenga

On the other hand, this environment seemed to foster a certain type of critical consciousness. One way to do this is to reinvent and redefine growth itself. Kawida basic factors that will inevitably shape whatever replaces the growth economy are knowable.