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The psychological and socio-historical antecedents of violence: An africentric analysis

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Violence as a construct is reviewed using an Africentric paradigm. Black male pathological models of violence are debunked while an alternative psychological and sociohistorical framework is presented. Nobles’s (1989) comparative world view schematic and Akbar’s (1989) conceptualization of Black/African identity are discussed while the definition of violence is broadened using Wilson’s (1991) analysis. Violence is thus explained as a vicious cycle that is a result of American values and social inequities.

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Cokley, K. The psychological and socio-historical antecedents of violence: An africentric analysis. Journal of African American Men 2, 3–13 (1996).

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