Du_Bois, intro, and Mead 2009

Du_Bois, intro, and Mead 2009 - W E B Du Bois-key concepts...

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W. E. B. Du Bois--key concepts 1. “double consciousness” (today’s topic, to be compared with George Herbert Mead) 2. “separatism/nation” 3. “the income-bearing aspects of racism-- imperialism”
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BIOGRAPHICAL ORIENTATION to Du Bois Born Massachusetts just after the Civil War, 1868; died in 1963, hours before MLK gave his "I Have a Dream" speech Studied in Germany (with people who had read Marx’s work, of course…and you’ll see how he twists it), and at Harvard; Ph.D., 1895. Helped found the NAACP (National Assoc. for the Advancement of Colored People) in the 1910’s. Received awards in China, the USSR, many African and European countries; at age 93, moved to Ghana, having given up on US.
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Du Bois, activist and intellectual continued A leader of Pan-African movement--political activists and intellectuals and poets on both sides of the Atlantic, who were trying to unite Africans politically, artistically, and intellectually (the “Negritude Movement” in Senegal, and “Harlem Renaissance” in the US). Du Bois helped invent the concept that we now call “the African diaspora” or “the Black Atlantic tradition.” During his lifetime, there were SOCIALIST rebellions that eventually gained power in many African, Asian and Latin American nations: in Africa, for example, there were: Tanzania, Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe, Guinea Bissau and others.
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Du Bois’s ideas CHANGED DRAMATICALLY over the course of his lifetime, So pay close attention to when something was written. Earlier writings: pro-assimilation, not socialist. Later: more socialist, not as focused on assimilating with white, capitalist society.
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Du Bois, thinking with and against Marx W. E. B.: I just LOVE your whole approach. But I don’t think you take it far enough. 1. You don’t pay enough attention to a person’s internal life. For that, you need the concept of “ double consciousness .” (and we, in this class, will compare Du Bois here with George Herbert Mead—that’s the agenda today, after this introduction) 2. You don’t realize how important national, racial and ethnic cultures are. People probably won’t all unify and maybe shouldn’t, because no one can learn everyone’s history. Total unity isn’t possible or desirable. To understand why not, you need to understand “nations,” “race” and culture . 3. You missed the economic basis of racism . For that, you need to focus more on how the bourgeoisie divides and conquers, both within the US and abroad (when abroad, it’s called imperialism) . Let’s take these one at a time, over the next 2-3 sessions
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1. Double consciousness: the dominator within W. E. B. duB.: First, Mr. Marx, I don’t think you thought hard enough about how inequality affects people’s everyday consciousness and interaction, in everyday life . Yes, yes, I know you wrote a lot about it--there’s that
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