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Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness

Synopsis
Who has the authority to define a culture? Is there "objective" scholarship and, if so, how does it become politicised? Race and scholarship collide in a new film on Melville J. Herskovits, the pioneering American anthropologist of African Studies and controversial intellectual who established the first African Studies centrer at an American university and authored the seminal "The Myth of the Negro Past".
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2009
Year of production
2009
Subjects
Anthropology; Social Studies
Keywords
civil rights; cultural theory; race relations; African-Americans; Herskovits, Melville J

Credits

Producer
Christine Herbes-Sommers; Llewellyn Smith; Vincent Brown

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 1 NTSC
Price
$195.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
57 minutes
Year
2009

Production Company

Name

Vital Pictures

Distributor

Name

California Newsreel

Email
contact@newsreel.org
Web
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Phone
+1 877 811 7495
Fax
+1 802 846 1850
Address
Order Dept
PO Box 2284
South Burlington
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USA
Notes
California Newsreel produces and distributes documentaries on social justice issues. The range of films promotes the advancement of racial justice and diversity, the study of African American life and history as well as African culture and politics. A recently added thematic focus is the global economy, with an emphasis on the international division of labour.

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