Black Skin, White Masks

Black Skin, White Masks

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Black Skin, White Masks is a classic, devastating account of the dehumanising effects of colonisation experienced by black subjects living in a white world. First published in English in 1967, this book provides an unsurpassed study of the psychology of racism using scientific analysis and poetic grace.

Franz Fanon identifies a devastating pathology at the heart of Western culture, a denial of difference, that persists to this day. A major influence on civil rights, anti-colonial, and black consciousness movements around the world, his writings speak to all who continue the struggle for political and cultural liberation.

With an introduction by Paul Gilroy, author of There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 25mm | 305g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0745399541
  • 9780745399546
  • 195,218

Table of contents


1. The Negro & Language

2. The Woman of Color & the White Man

3. The Man of Color & the White Woman

4. The So-Called Dependency Complex of Colonised Peoples

5. The Fact of Blackness

6. The Negro & Psychopathology

7. The Negro & Recognition

8. By Way of Conclusion
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Review quote

'One feels a brilliant, vivid mind walking the thin line that separates outrage from despair' -- New York Times 'Fanon's analysis of crippled colonial mentalities may be even more salient now than it was then' -- New Statesman 'A haunting melange of existential analysis, revolutionary manifesto, metaphysics, prose, poetry and literary criticism' -- Newsweek 'This century's most compelling theorist of racism and colonialism' -- Angela Davis
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About Frantz Fanon

Frantz Fanon (1925 - 1961) was an author, psychoanalyst, and revolutionary from Martinique. He was the pre-eminent thinker of the 20th century on the issue of decolonisation and the psychopathology of colonisation, and his works have inspired anti-colonial liberation movements for over half a century. He is also the author of the classic The Wretched of the Earth.
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