As a cultural anthropologist my interest lies mainly in theories of race and racism in the United States, but also in Africa and throughout the African Diaspora. My field work - in Zimbabwe, Jamaica, the American South and in urban America - has been concerned with the racial intersection between black populations and bureaucracies like schools, the media, hospitals or extension agencies. Lately, my research efforts have been stimulated by failures in academic studies of racism to explore new pedagogical opportunities to intervene into the routine operations of racism through the agency of spiritual (not religious) education seen as a method of effective intervention. My current seminars, 'The Anthropology of Consciousness' and 'Anthropology of Information' reflect my own theory that activism of the future must be differently informed. I believe it will fail to create the needed change unless activists become more grounded in any eclectic spiritual practices designed to create the inner change that can build new knowledges illuminating the potential roles of activism in the evolution of higher consciousness. I currently am working on two books addressing each of these theoretical concerns.
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Academentia: Physiological Stress, Toxic Work Sites and the Neutralization of Blackness by the Whiteness Standards of Professionalization, Sixth Annual National Conference, POCPWI (2001)
Using auto-ethnographic methods, supplementing by current race theories, along with interviews from other scholars, I...