Black Folk in the Kingdom of Culture

W. E. B. Du Bois

in Ethnicity and Cultural Authority

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780748622054
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651993 | DOI:
Black Folk in the Kingdom of Culture

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This chapter analyses the unexplored aspects of W. E. B. Du Bois's work, along with the interrelationships between culture and ethnicity, describing Du Bois as a writer who follows the cultural nationalism of Yeats in trying to give a voice to disenfranchised people, but whose nationalism has no clear geographical dimension. It shows that Du Bois's writings emerge from the tensions which result from a desire for the retention of black cultural difference and for political equality in America. The chapter concludes that Du Bois's social and cultural thought is characterised by contradiction, and that he introduces cultural pluralism into his writings.

Keywords: W. E. B. Du Bois; interrelationships; culture and ethnicity; cultural nationalism; disenfranchised people; black cultural difference; political equality; contradiction; cultural pluralism

Chapter.  19457 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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