Written by a leading Fanon scholar, and with an acute philosophical
intelligence, Fanonian Practices in South Africa is a sophisticated
attempt to examine post-apartheid South Africa through the
emancipatory lens of Frantz Fanon's revolutionary humanism. South
Africa has been widely heralded as an African success story in the
wake of the 1994 democratic elections. But in recent years the
world's media have too often carried stark images of South African
police attacking protesters or scenes of xenophobic violence. Has
post-apartheid South Africa been unable to chart a course away from
the all too familiar script of a post-colonial crisis, rooted in
the narrow nationalism and neocolonialism that Fanon so vividly
described? This is not another meditation on Fanon's continued
relevance. Instead, it is an inquiry into how Fanon, the
revolutionary, might think and act in the face of contemporary
social crises. Taking Fanon's passion for freedom and liberation
seriously, and Biko's analysis of the dangers of liberalism,
Fanonian Practices looks into the politics of the shack-dweller
movements currently gathering momentum in South Africa as important
spaces in which to think and construct a truly human post-apartheid
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Thu, 9 Jun 2011 | Review by: Jared
This is a wonderfully researched book by a great student of Fanon and Biko.
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