Marxist Theory, Black/African Specificities, and Racism
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This book deals with substantive issues that have the potential to enhance our understanding regarding how Marxist theory can be quite useful in interpreting Black specificities and the race paradigm. So far, Marxist theory has been excluded because it is supposedly class and economy reductionist, but the essence of this theory-dialectic-not only proves that it is a meaningful way of seeing racism for what it truly is, but also a way of filtering through the plethora of interpretations of what constitutes race. The timeliness of the approach should help revive discussion on ethnophilosophy as an ideology. So much academic consideration has led scholars to seriously underestimate ideology's extraordinary efficiency in blending into lived experience to the point where much of its most telling effects have become undetectable. This work suggests that critical theory must reorient itself and offers an important discussion on the dominant discourse of poststructuralism, postmodernism, postcolonialism, Marxism, African socialism, Negritude, and Afrocentricity. The book's approach sheds a radical light on the claim for Black specificities and racism. It shows that racial and ethnological discourses are ideological and political mystifications, masking exploitation. Under such circumstances, racial and racist ideologies become cards to be played by the perpetrators or the victims, as the case studies of Haiti and South Africa illustrate. As can be seen, then, the intelligibility of racism and its various forms can only stem from an analysis of the social structures upon which they rest. Just to show how inextricably linked ideology, race, racism, political expansion, and economic domination are, the book looks at Africa and its Diaspora, revealing how Africans remain the scapegoat for racial "othering" in the global economy's ideological praxis. In so doing, the book is also able to include African intellectuals' perspectives that have often been omitted from the dialogue on critical theory, race, racism, and Blashow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 146 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 8mm | 181.44g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073911056X
  • 9780739110560

About Babacar Camara

Babacar Camara is associate professor of Black World Studies, Comparative Literature, and French at Miami University in Ohio.show more

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In this short book rich with big thoughts, Babacar Camara has written a genuine intervention in African Diasporic Marxism. The work is erudite and devoid of disciplinary decadence and methodological fetishism as the author articulates an insightful critique of postmodern and postcolonial anti-Marxism. Camara's creative reading of Negritude and his rigorous reminder of the implications of a serious diagnosis and critique of capitalism offer much for the study of racism and global inequalities today. It is a must-read for contemporary political thought, Africana philosophy, and cultural criticism... -- Lewis R. Gordon, Professor of Philosophy and Africana Studies, University of Connecticut In this short book rich with big thoughts, Babacar Camara has written a genuine intervention in African Diasporic Marxism. The work is erudite and devoid of disciplinary decadence and methodological fetishism as the author articulates an insightful critique of postmodern and postcolonial anti-Marxism. Camara's creative reading of Negritude and his rigorous reminder of the implications of a serious diagnosis and critique of capitalism offer much for the study of racism and global inequalities today. It is a must-read for contemporary political thought, Africana philosophy, and cultural criticism. -- Lewis R. Gordon, Professor of Philosophy and Africana Studies, University of Connecticut In Marxist Theory, Black/African Specificities, and Racism, Camara moves beyond the sterile framework of "Africa versus the West" to observe that the modern conditions of life overall belie any easy African specificities, which are rendered epiphenomena, such that "the same Western critical theory that explains any capitalist region, explains Africa...The author briefly summarizes the Marxian concept of ideology so as to demonstrate how race and racism serve class purposes, with special analysis given to South Africa's apartheid system. Marx & Philosophy Review of Booksshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Table of Contents Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 1 Language and Totality Chapter 4 2 The Concept of Ideology Chapter 5 3 Negritude Chapter 6 4 Dialectic and Black/African Specificities Chapter 7 5 The Specificity of African American Oppression Chapter 8 6 Racism and Ideology Chapter 9 References Chapter 10 Index Chapter 11 About the Authorshow more

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