TITLE

Are We There Yet? The Tension Between Nativism and Humanism in Fanon's Writings

AUTHOR(S)
Valldejuli, Luis Galanes
PUB. DATE
June 2007
SOURCE
Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge;Summer2007 Special, Vol. 5, p59
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In this article, the contemporary debate over the tension between "nativist" (nationalist, anti-colonial) and "humanist" (transnational) representations of identity in Fanon's works is examined. The author argues that such tension, as it appears in the form of contradictory statements and ambivalent enunciations in Fanon's writings, provide not only a key to our understanding of Fanon, but is also useful in assessing contemporary critiques of nativism. The article concludes that if Fanon is still relevant today, it is because he forces us to ask whether nativist discourses can still be used "not as descriptions of how things are," but instead as "instrumental" and "strategic" discourses that can serve to oppose neo-colonial relations in the contemporary world.
ACCESSION #
27172084

 

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