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Ethnicity and Cultural AuthorityFrom Arnold to Du Bois$
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Daniel G. Williams

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748622054

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622054.001.0001

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Black Folk in the Kingdom of Culture

Black Folk in the Kingdom of Culture

(p.176) Chapter 4 Black Folk in the Kingdom of Culture
Ethnicity and Cultural Authority

W. E. B. Du Bois

Edinburgh University Press

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

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