samedi 29 janvier 2011

Forms of Fanonism: Frantz Fanon's Critical Theory and the Dialectics of Decolonization, by Reiland Rabaka

"Rabaka (Africana studies, Univ. of Colorado) asserts that Frantz Fanon's ideas continue to be relevant and inspirational. The introduction appeals for a wider 'transdisciplinary' methodology to Africana critical theory, a veritable shift toward 'epistemic openness,' which he subsequently implements. The author presents five dimensions or 'forms' of Fanonism: 'Anti-racist,' 'Decolonialist,' 'Marxist,' 'Feminist,' and 'Revolutionary Humanist.' Each form is a facet of Fanon's oeuvre. Rabaka critically and exhaustively examines each form, and gives comparative attention to W.E.B. Du Bois, Jean-Paul Sartre, Aimé Césaire, Karl Marx, Amilcar Cabral, and Léopold Sédar Senghor, among others....This is a valuable volume for manifold reasons--notably, its erudite narrative, bold approach, and comprehensive bibliography of English-language works on Fanon and critical theory....Rabaka's work will especially serve specialists and advanced students."

When Frantz Fanon's critiques of racism, sexism, colonialism, capitalism, and humanism are brought into the ever-widening orbit of Africana critical theory something unprecedented in the annals of Africana intellectual history happens: five distinct forms of Fanonism emerge. Forms of Fanonism: Frantz Fanon's Critical Theory and the Dialectics of Decolonization is discursively distinguished from other engagements of Fanon's thought and texts insofar as it is the first study to consciously examine his contributions to Africana Studies and critical theory or, rather, the Africana tradition of critical theory. Forms of Fanonism identifies and intensely analyzes Fanon's contributions to the deconstruction and reconstruction of Africana Studies, radical politics, and critical social theory.

In highlighting his unique "solutions" to the "problems" of racism, sexism, colonialism, capitalism, and humanism, five distinct forms of Fanonism materialize. These five forms of Fanonism allow contemporary critical theorists to innovatively explore the ways in which his thought and texts can be dialectically put to use in relieving the wretched experience of this generation's wretched of the earth. Critics can also apply these forms to deconstruct and reconstruct Africana Studies, radical politics, and critical social theory using their anti-imperialist interests. Throughout 
Forms of Fanonism, Reiland Rabaka critically dialogues with Fanon, incessantly asking his corpus critical questions and seeking from it crucial answers. This book, in short, solemnly keeps with Fanon's own predilection for connecting critical theory to revolutionary praxis by utilizing his thought and texts as paradigms and points of departure to deepen and develop the Africana tradition of critical theory.

About the Author
Reiland Rabaka is associate professor of Africana Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he is also an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Women and Gender Studies and a Research Fellow at the Center for Studies of Ethnicity and Race in America (CSERA). He is the author of W.E.B. Du Bois and the Problems of the Twenty-First Century (2007), Du Bois's Dialectics: Black Radical Politics and the Reconstruction of Critical Social Theory (2008), and Africana Critical Theory: Reconstructing the Black Radical Tradition, from W.E.B. Du Bois and C.L.R. James to Frantz Fanon and Amilcar Cabral (2009), all published by Lexington Books.

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