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ROSS, César. El Auge de los Estudios Africanos en América del Norte: El Caso de Estados Unidos en los Años Sesenta. Universum [online]. 2007, vol.22, n.2, pp.213-228. ISSN 0718-2376.

This work is intended to examine the change trend of African studies in the United States, identifying the boom factors that developed in the 60's. This exploratory research tries to offer an explanation on the basis of a quantitative description. The main hypothesis is that the African decolonization had an unexpected impact on the academic community (foundations of experts' associations), promoted at an institutional level (foundation of the Economic Commission for Africa ), resulting in an increase of a real interest already existing in the early 20th century. This boom, in turn, gave way to a positive context for the formation of leading scholars for the next coming decades. The main sources for this research work are the university journals, which contain the various works of faculty members involved in African studies. The outcome reached until now makes it possible to support the hypothesis that the boom actually existed, and that at the end of the decade under study, the African studies had found their own place in the scientific community of the United States

Palabras clave : Thought; African studies; United States; The 60's.

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