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Human Services and the Afrocentric Paradigm


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Table of Contents


  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter One: Introduction
  • Worldviews and Cultural Oppression
  • Cultural Oppression and Social Science
  • Toward an Afrocentric Human Services Paradigm
  • Overview of the Book
  • Chapter Two: The Afrocentric Worldview
  • Historic Overview
  • Crirticisms of This Worldview
  • Characteristics of This Worldview
  • Afrocentricity, Equality, and Human Liberation
  • Chapter Three: The Evolution of Black Social Work and Its Pitfalls
  • Social Welfare in Traditional Africa
  • Black Social Welfare in America
  • Chapter Four: Oppression and Spiritual Alienation
  • The Relationship Between Oppression and Spiritual Alienation
  • Spiritual Alienation As Philosophical Foundation of Oppression
  • Spiritual Alienation As Outcome of Oppression
  • Chapter Five: Youth Violence and the Afrocentric Paradigm
  • Overview of Youth Violence
  • Political Economic Oppression and Youth Violence
  • Spiritual Alienation and Youth Violence Cultural Misorientation and Youth Violence
  • Chapter Six: Substance Abuse and the Afrocentric Paradigm
  • Political Economic Oppression and Substance Abuse
  • Spiritual Alienation and Substance Abuse
  • Cultural Misorientation and Substance Abuse
  • Afrocentric Drug Treatment Programs
  • Chapter Seven: The Afrocentric Paradigm and Social Welfare Philosophy, Ideology, and Policy
  • An Afrocentric Critique of American Social Welfare Policy
  • Foundations of an Afrocentric Political Ideology
  • Afrocentric Social Welfare Policy Recommendations
  • Chapter Eight: The Afrocentric Paradigm of Social Welfare Policy Analysis
  • Overview of the Afrocentric Policy Analytic Framework
  • Features of the Afrocentric Framework of Policy Analysis
  • Chapter Nine: The Afrocentric Paradigm and Human Service Organizations
  • Distinctions Between Afrocentric and Eurocentric Organizational Theories
  • The Afrocentric Paradigm and Positive Potentiality in Organizations
  • Empowerment Through Organizational Autonomy
  • Additional Considerations
  • Chapter Ten: Social Work Research and the Afrocentric Paradigm
  • Rationale for Afrocentric Social Work Research
  • Definition of Afrocentric Social Work Research
  • Attributes of Afrocentric Social Work Research
  • Chapter Eleven: Conclusion: Threats to the Survival and Continuation of the Afrocentric Paradigm
  • The Trend Toward Privatization
  • The Dominance of Postpositivist Epistemology in Academia
  • Continued Uneasiness with Spirituality
  • The Ascendancy of Postmodernism
  • Continued Cultural Misorientation
  • The African Oral Tradition
  • The Afrocentric Paradigm's Asociation with Black People
  • References
  • Index

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