Introduction: Race, Gender, and Identity
Reflexive of the climate and culture of race in contemporary times, Africana phenomena is faced with a vexing and perplexed outcome assessment of social inequality. This chapter offers operating descriptions of the terms: race, gender, and identity. The term race encumbers the concept, idea, formation, and structure of the aforementioned. The term Gender is defined and then contextualized, with reference to a deep cultural analysis of Africana Womanism. The term identity describes and evaluates a categorical and etymological variable, which is contextualized within the cultural paradigm of Africana Philosophy. These new Afrocentric methodologies are intended to be used to investigate pertinent research questions legitimately and effectively, especially those that possess embedded assumptions about race and culture. Gender roles are society's expectations regarding the proper behavior, attitudes, and activities of males and females. The term identity, with emphasis on Africana phenomena designates world view and culture.