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Fanon, postcolonialism and the ethics of difference raises a host of crucial questions regarding the relevance of Fanon today: in today’s world, where violence and terror have gone global, what conclusions might we draw from Fanon’s work? Should we keep on blaming Fanon for the colonial violence, which he internalized and struggled against, and overlook the fact that the very Manichaeism that previously governed the economy of colonial societies is now generating violence and terror on a global scale? Has the new humanism which he inaugurates in the concluding section of The Wretched of the Earth turned out to be nothing but a vain plea? What grounds for optimism does he allow us, if any? What is to be salvaged from his ethics and politics in this age of globalization?

Fanon, postcolonialism and the ethics of difference offers a new reading of Fanon’s work, challenging many of the reconstructions of Fanon in critical and postcolonial theory and in cultural studies and probing a host of crucial issues: the intersectionality of gender and colonial politics; the biopolitics of colonialism; Marxism and decolonization; tradition, translation and humanism. Fanon, postcolonialism and the ethics of difference underscores the ethical dimension of Fanon’s work by focusing on his project of decolonization and humanism.

Author: Mark Hampton

This book examines the place of Hong Kong in the British imagination between the end of World War II and the return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty in July 1997. It argues that Hong Kong has received far less attention from British imperial and cultural historians than its importance would warrant. It argues that Hong Kong was a site within which competing yet complementary visions of Britishness could be imagined—for example, the British penchant for trade and good government, and their role as agents of modernization. At the centre of these articulations of Britishness was the idea of Hong Kong as a “barren rock” that British administration had transformed into one of the world’s great cities—and the danger of its destruction by the impending “handover” to communist China in 1997.

The book moves freely between the activities of Britons in Hong Kong and portrayals of Hong Kong within domestic British discourse. It uses such printed primary sources as newspapers, memoirs, novels, political pamphlets, and academic texts, and archival material located in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, the United States, and Australia, including government documents, regimental collections, and personal papers.

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Critical Theorist of Revolutionary Decolonisation
Reiland Rabaka

-Africanisation at its core, then, redefines “Africanité” or “blackness.” 15 It finds sustenance in Fanon’s faithful words in his 1961 classic, The Wretched of the Earth , where he declared: “Decolonization is the veritable creation of new men”, of a “new humanity”, and the “‘thing’ which has been colonized becomes man”. 16 There is a deep, critical, self-reflexive dimension to Cabral’s concept of “return to the source”, one which – similar to Fanon’s theory of revolutionary decolonisation – openly acknowledges that the colonised transform not

in The Pan-African Pantheon
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A black rebel with a cause
Azzedine Haddour

. And this headlong, unstructured, verbal revalorization conceals paradoxical attitudes.73 Such attitudes express for Fanon a form of exoticism which ‘allows no cultural confrontation’, no revolutionary praxis for a genuine decolonization. In The Wretched of the Earth, Fanon adds to his critique of negritude. As we will see in Chapter 1, his argument runs counter to Sartre’s views in Black Orpheus: the poetry of negritude is not revolutionary. Fanon makes a clear distinction between the revolutionary and acculturated elite, between the former engaged with current

in Frantz Fanon, postcolonialism and the ethics of difference
Thomas R. Seitz

nature, would appeal to developing countries. Raw materials producers could trade with the USSR without the risks inherent in the international capitalist market, with its price fluctuations, tariffs and exchange barriers. In the years following the death of Stalin, the Soviet leadership also began to offer aid and technical assistance to new states emerging from the The aid war and reassessment 65 decolonization process. Moscow observed Washington’s project to encircle the USSR with Mutual Security organizations, such as SEATO and the Baghdad Pact, and employed aid

in The evolving role of nation-building in US foreign policy
Spaces of revolution
Author: Carl Lavery

Jean Genet has long been regarded as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Since the publication of Jean-Paul Sartre's existential biography Saint Genet: Actor and Martyr in 1952, his writing has attracted the attention of leading French thinkers and philosophers. In the UK and US, his work has played a major role in the development of queer and feminist studies, where his representation of sexuality and gender continues to provoke controversy. This book aims to argue for Genet's influence once again, but it does so by focusing uniquely on the politics of his late theatre. The first part of the book explores the relationship between politics and aesthetics in Genet's theatre and political writing in the period 1955 to 1986. The second part focuses on the spatial politics of The Balcony, The Blacks and The Screens by historicising them within the processes of modernisation and decolonisation in France of the 1950s and 1960s. The third part of the book analyses how Genet's radical spatiality works in practice by interviewing key contemporary practitioners, Lluís Pasqual, JoAnne Akalaitis, and Ultz and Excalibah. The rationale behind these interviews is to find a way of merging past and present. The rationale so explores why Genet's late theatre, although firmly rooted within its own political and historical landscape, retains its relevance for practitioners working within different geographical and historical contexts today.

Eisenhower and the Overseas Internal Security Program
Thomas R. Seitz

allies, that these new governments would see alignment with the free world as their only rational choice; they would hardly wish to replace colonial domination with communist domination. At the same time, Eisenhower’s security planners understood that these new governments were fragile, and that the upheaval of the Second World War years, the decolonization process, or both, had left economies and political structures in disarray, presenting considerable opportunities for communist penetration. New regimes had not adequately consolidated their authority in many cases

in The evolving role of nation-building in US foreign policy
Martin Shipway

How close are we to an understanding of the workings of the French ‘official mind’ during the post-1945 period of late colonialism and decolonization? This would appear to be one of the remaining enigmas of French decolonization, unless one is prepared to accept at face value the general received wisdom that French officials were either dastardly, scheming Machiavellian

in Rhetorics of empire
Biological metaphors in the age of European decolonization
Elizabeth Buettner

powerfully those commonly associated with the impact of modern wartime violence and the political upheaval that reshaped Europe and its colonies, ranging from the First and Second World Wars of living memory to the wars of decolonization still being fought. Mid-twentieth-century claims of European nations’ organic inseparability from their colonies, dominions, Commonwealth, Union or ‘overseas territories

in Rhetorics of empire
The militarization of postwar France
Chris Pearson

ushered in a new layer of militarized environments. France was therefore part of the Cold War’s global environmental history and geography.2 Decolonization gave French Cold War-era militarized environments a particular twist. From culture to politics, decolonization informed and transformed French society in a myriad of ways.3 Through a focus on militarized environments this chapter sketches out some of its environmental dimensions, even if the in-depth environmental histories of France’s wars of decolonization lie outside this book’s scope.4 Like decolonization

in Mobilizing nature