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Franz Fanon The Postcolonial Imagination by Nigel Gibson

Franz Fanon The Postcolonial Imagination

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Franz Fanon The Postcolonial Imagination by Nigel Gibson

Frantz Fanon was a French psychiatrist turned Algerian revolutionary of Martinican origin, and one of the most important and controversial thinkers of the postwar period. A veritable intellect on fire, Fanon was a radical thinker with original theories on race, revolution, violence, identity and agency.


Caricatured as a mindless apostle of violence, Fanon emerges in Nigel Gibsona s rigorous and subtle analysis as a major humanistic thinker about injustice, a serious critic of nationalism and, for the first time, as an impressively profound philosopher of modern post--colonial politics and culture. Edward W. Said, Columbia University This definitive interpretation of Fanon brilliantly touches the heart. Gibson presents a compelling and engaging analysis of Fanona s original theory of the racial gaze, of revolution, and of Fanona s complex theory of violence. All the perennial themes of political theory are masterfully presented in this major book. Readers will feel morally civilized after they read it. Teodros Kiros, Harvard University Gibsona s prose is elegant and clear and this book is, by far, the best introduction to Fanona s life and work. But it does more than this...The key idea that runs throughout the book is that of the dialectic. Gibson argues that there is an unstable, critical and creative element in the heart of FAnona s thought that seeks to move through apparently irreconcilable contradictions. This kind of analysis is what we would expect from any responsible engagement with Fanona s work and Gibson develops it very well. But he goes further and makes an original and significant contribution by showing that for Fanon this kind of progress requires the development of a fighting culture. Richard Pithouse, Sunday Independent

About the Author

Nigel C. Gibson is Director of the Honors Program at Emerson College, Boston, and a research associate in the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University and the Department of Afro--American Studies at Harvard University.

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Book Info

Publication date

29th April 2003


Nigel Gibson

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Polity Press


266 pages


Social & political philosophy
Sociology & anthropology
Biography: general
Cultural studies



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