By Laura Burchill and Anushka SrivastavaPublished April 16, 2018 3:00:02A new study of the book titles that are most frequently found in academic journals and bookshelves finds that they all focus on black American history, not on any particular racial identity or ethnic group.
While the study found that “there are a few notable exceptions” in the number of books that focus on race and identity, it also noted that most of the most commonly cited titles do not offer an extensive and balanced history of race in America.
“Black literature has always been the most influential literary voice in the black community, so we’re certainly seeing that here,” said James Williams, professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Williams, who has researched the literature for years on black literature, said the books often focus on historical events that are either the subject of controversy or are considered controversial.
“It’s the kind of stuff that the public is interested in,” he said.
Williams and his co-author, Anushkumar Singh, published a paper on the topic last year, which included research on more than 3,400 books and a list of the top-100 books by volume in the US in 2016.
Williams said he was surprised to find that a few books had a huge impact on how we think about race and history in the U.S. and the U, but he added that there are many other books on the list that are not relevant to this study.
“Some books are about historical events, some are about current events.
Some are about contemporary events.
The number of things that are really important to me is not enough,” he told CBC News.”
I’m really interested in how books shape our understanding of the world.”
The study, published in the journal Black Studies, focused on books in the top 100.
Williams and Singh also conducted a similar study of more than 5,000 books in 2017.
Williams found that most black American authors are either African-American or of Asian descent, with nearly a third of the titles focusing on the black experience in the United States.
“This research provides evidence that black American literature is not just a niche interest,” Williams said.
“The majority of books on race in the Black literature genre are not about the black experiences in the world but about how those experiences are shaped by white society.”‘
A huge number’ of books focus on history and racismThe study also looked at the number and prominence of books by Asian-American authors and found that many of these books focus primarily on American history.
“A huge amount of Black literature is written by Asians, and a large number of these authors are African-Americans,” Williams wrote.
The authors also found that a large portion of black American books focus solely on race.
“If you look at the top 20 most popular books, almost half of the books are black authors,” Williams explained.
The most popular titles in the study were by the writers of the novels by African- Americans and women, such as Kahlil Gibran and Kahliza Moore, and by authors of the memoirs by former presidents Barack Obama and Martin Luther King Jr.
Williams pointed out that some of the authors of books written by Asian Americans and Asian women are also among the most prominent writers of books in white American literary circles.
“There’s a lot of work being done to push back against the idea that Black literature in the genre is just about race,” Williams told CBC.
Williams acknowledged that there is a lot more work to be done in the fields of literature and scholarship on race that has not been done before.
“One thing we need to do is to acknowledge that the vast majority of the Black history literature that we have is written about the history of the United Sates and about American society and the American experience in general, and we need more of that work to come out of the field,” he added.
Williams is not the first scholar to highlight this trend.
In 2012, for example, researchers at the UMass Amhers Center for the Study of Black American Literature found that the proportion of books focused on Black history had doubled over the past 20 years.
The report also highlighted a number of popular books by black authors that had a large impact on the way Black people were perceived in the American and global worlds.
The study included more than 1,300 titles published in more than 300 academic journals, as well as more than 400 books in English-language booksheles in more that 60 languages, as part of the American Historical Association’s list of top 100 titles.
“We think it’s a very powerful collection of books, and it does offer a rich, rich range of information,” Williams added.