Frantz Fanon

Frantz Fanon : Philosopher of the Barricades

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Frantz Fanon (1925-1961) was a Caribbean and African psychiatrist, philosopher and revolutionary whose works, including Black Skin, White Masks and The Wretched of the Earth are hugely influential in the fields of post-colonial studies, critical theory, and post-Marxism. His legacy remains with us today, having inspired movements in Palestine, Sri Lanka, the US and South Africa.

This is a critical biography of his extraordinary life. Peter Hudis draws on the expanse of his life and work - from his upbringing in Martinique and early intellectual influences to his mature efforts to fuse psychoanalysis and philosophy and contributions to the anti-colonial struggle in Algeria - to counter the monolithic assumption that Fanon's contribution to modern thought is defined by the advocacy of violence.

He was a political activist who brought his interests in psychology and philosophy directly to bear on such issues as mutual recognition, democratic participation and political sovereignty. Hudis shows that, as a result, Fanon emerges as neither armchair intellectual nor intransigent militant.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 12.7mm | 204.12g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745336256
  • 9780745336251
  • 791,442

Table of contents


Introduction: Fanon in Our Time

1. The Path to Political and Philosophical Commitment

2. Self and Other: The Dialectic of Black Skin, White Masks

3. The Engaged Psychiatrist: Blida and the Psychodynamics of Racism

4. The Engaged Philosopher: The FLN and the Algerian Revolution

5. The Strategist of Revolution-Africa at the Crossroads

6. Toward a New Humanity: The Wretched of the Earth


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'A wonderful introduction to the life and work of Frantz Fanon' -- Morning Star 'A lively and provocative reading of Fanon's life and work that challenges many of the more recent interpretations of this major figure' -- Paget Henry, Professor of Sociology at Brown University 'If you are new to Fanon or you are returning to his work, Peter Hudis' biography is a must read!' -- Lenore Daniels, PhD, theorist, writer, activist 'An iconoclastic exegesis of Fanon's life and work. In what is sure to become a classic text, Hudis shows himself to be one of the most important thinkers of our generation' -- Peter McLaren, Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies at Chapman University
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About Peter Hudis

Peter Hudis is Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Oakton Community College and author of Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism (Brill, 2012) and Frantz Fanon: Philosopher of the Barricades (Pluto, 2015). He edited The Rosa Luxemburg Reader (Monthly Review Press, 2004) and The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg (Verso, 2013).
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