Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Articles from Vol. 5, Summer

A Dying Hegemony Resisting Anti-Arab Racism in the U.S
Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the presidential administration of George W. Bush triggered a set of relays that initiated a new hegemony. This all-encompassing, resilient political formation provided enormous lebensraum for the historic...
And the Last Shall Be First': The Master-Slave Dialectic in Hegel, Nietzsche and Fanon
The theme of the triumphant 'colonized man' or 'slave' or 'bondsman' is one which appears repeatedly in the writings of influential social thinkers. The explanation of the dynamic which transforms the relationship and liberates the subordinated varies...
Are We There Yet? the Tension between Nativism and Humanism in Fanon's Writings
Is there anything in the writings of Frantz Fanon that can still be considered relevant to our contemporary understanding of the colonial experience? Criticism to Fanon's view of violence as having a therapeutical value is widespread and well known....
A Statement of Conscience: Frantz Fanon's le Syndrome Nord-Africain
The article Le Syndrome Nord-Africain (better known by its translated title The "North African Syndrome') was written while Frantz Fanon was completing his residency in psychiatry at the Saint-Alban Hospital (near Mende, France). (1) It represents,...
Battling for the New Man: Fanon and French Counter-Revolutionaries
There is a paradox at the heart of Fanon's vision of the future of newly independent societies: On the one hand, he had amply analyzed and documented the apparent "psycho-pathological" character of the colonized man (Black or Arab)--born of the ideational...
Blackness-in-Itself and Blackness-for-Itself: Frantz Fanon's Program for Racial Change
INTRODUCTION Is another world possible? When viewed through the context of race, Jean-Paul Sartre (1946, 1956, 1963a, 1964, 1975a, 1975b, 1975c, 1988, and 1989) and Frantz Fanon (1967) agree on the possibility of another, more egalitarian world....
Black Skin, White Masks Revisited: Contemporary Post-Colonial Dilemmas in the Netherlands, France, and Belgium
Introduction Civilized/Barbaric; Modern/Pre-Modern; First and Third World; Mechanical solidarity and organic solidarity/gemeinschaft and gesellschaft; Capitalist and Asiatic mode of production. These are just a few examples of binaries that have...
Confronting Colonialism and Racism Fanon and Gandhi
OUR TIMES Today, we are living in a system that is based on counting, and accounting for, every single pin in a factory. The same system, however, boasts of killing human beings who it, as a rule, doesn't count. (1) It counts the pins, because each...
Connexus Theory and the Agonistic Binary of Coloniality Revisiting Fanon's Legacy
Constrained and conditioned by the "closures" of "system," we find ourselves "inside" a vast social-historical-economic construct we cannot escape, cannot get "outside" of. There are variations on this theme, as when the "outside" is not the interdicted...
Discovery, Fulfillment, And/or Betrayal: Frantz Fanon and the Role of the Intellectual in the Struggle for Freedom
Those of you who have heard me give presentations in past years will have to bear with me once again as I open a presentation with the words of Eastern European writer Milan Kundera: "the struggle for people's power is the struggle for memory and against...
Fanon and DuBoisian Double Consciousness
There is a connection between Frantz Fanon's work and W.E.B. DuBois' concept of double consciousness. DuBois first defined double consciousness in 1903, and although the concept is familiar within African American Studies it has not been elaborated...
Fanon and the Iraqi Other Unmasking the Illusions of Colonialism
In the capitalist countries a multitude of moral teachers, counselors and "bewilderers" separate the exploited from those in power. In the colonial countries, on the contrary, the policeman and the soldier, by their immediate presence and their frequent...
Fanon, Guantanamo, and We the People
"The worst of the worst"--this is how Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense until December 2006, described the men who are being held at Guantanamo Bay. General Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff until October 2005, said of them that...
Fanon: Violence and the Search for Human Dignity
Part of the vocabulary of current discourses on inter-societal and inter-national, as well trans-societal and trans-national relations is the idea of interdependence. One finds it on the lips of almost everyone. The term, as used in some quarters,...
Frantz Fanons Theory of Racialization Implications for Globalization
INTRODUCTION In the foreword to Frantz Fanon's key text, The Wretched of the Earth (2004 [1961]), Homi Bhabha states that Fanon's work provides the conceptual tools necessary for critiquing contemporary processes of globalization. Bhabha states...
Heterodoxical Haiti and Structural Violence Fanonian Reflections
As France and other colonial powers brought violence to the Caribbean and the colonized world, one colonial subject so understood his subjugated position that he was able to transcend the colonial confines of his homeland, Martinique, to assay and...
Historical Distortion and Human Degradation: The "Tribe" as a Eurocentric Mentality Than African Reality
Introduction If by tribe we mean a social group that shares a single territory, a single language, a single political unit, a shared religious tradition, a similar economic system, and common cultural practices, such a group is rarely found in the...
Intersecting Autobiography, History, and Theory: The Subtler Global Violences of Colonialism and Racism in Fanon, Said, and Anzaldua
Because it is a systematic negation of the other person and a furious determination to deny the other person all attributes of humanity, colonialism forces the people it dominates to ask themselves the question constantly: "In reality, who am I?" (p....
Is Fanon Relevant? toward an Alternative Foreword to "The Damned of the Earth"
The question in the title of my paper seems absurd, one and a half days into a two-day conference subtitled "Conversations with Fanon on the meaning of human emancipation." The very title, "Conversations," presupposes a Fanon alive, discussing the...
"Le Negre et Hegel": Fanon on Hegel, Colonialism, and the Dialectics of Recognition
Introduction In "Le Negre et Hegel," (1) Franz Fanon famously argues that the Hegelian dialectics of recognition between master [Heri] and slave [Knecht] (2) does not fully apply to the relation between white, colonial Master and black, colonized...
Midnight Reflections on Some of the Work of Frantz Fanon
Where to begin? The remarks that follow recapitulate certain elements of the presentation I offered at UMass Boston's fourth annual Social Theory Forum conference on "The Violences of Colonialism and Racism, Inner and Global," while omitting others....
New Faces, Old Masks: Borders and Confinements between the Desert and the Mediterranean Sea
THE REBEL: Me: surname: injured; name: humiliated; civil status: revolutionary; age: the stone age --Aime Cesaire, Les armes miraculeuses I'll start by posing some questions and one assumption. First, the questions: if all relations between...
New Orleans Unveiled Fanon and a Reconceptualization of the Performative
Recent arguments about the construction of race as performance are indebted (sometimes unknowingly) to J. L. Austin's How to Do Things with Words (1962), in which he defines, then continually refines and revises, the term "performative." Subsequent...
On Psycho-Sexual Racism & Pan-African Revolt Fanon & Chester Himes
The "expatriate" Chester Himes once boasted in an interview with John A. Williams that Frantz Fanon had written a long, unpublished essay concerning the use of violence in his novels (Himes 1995, 78). This interest in Himes should not surprise close...
On the Dialectics of Domestic Colonialism & the Role of Violence in Liberation from Fratricide to Suicide
Unlike the colonialism of Africa, where Africans were the majority population, enslaved Africans began populating the U.S. colonies of North America along with English settlers and emerging as a domestic colony. While in the early stages, Africans...
On the Obsolescence of the Disciplines Frantz Fanon and Sylvia Wynter Propose a New Mode of Being Human
But they don't want to get to the fundamental issue. Once [Fanon] has said ontogeny-and-sociogeny, every discipline you 're practicing ceases to exist. --Sylvia Wynter (2006b: 33) This article discusses the difficult but necessary task of letting...
Reading Mannoni's Prospero and Caliban before Reading Black Skin, White Masks
Errors in the detail must thus be explained by analyzing the colonial mind rather than the 'mentality' of the Malagasy. --O. Mannoni In chapter four of his Peau noire, masques blancs (Black Skin, White Masks), Frantz Fanon criticizes Octave Mannoni's...
Reflections on Fanon
The consciousness of self is not the closing of a door to communication. Philosophic thought teaches us, on the contrary, that it is its guarantee. --Frantz Fanon, 1959 This Special (Summer 2007) Issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology...
Re-Reading Frantz Fanon: Language, Violence, and Eurocentrism in the Characterization of Our Time
Since they were written--most of them within the maquis of the anti-colonial armed struggle for the national liberation of Algeria--the two books, articles, and published communications that constitute the complete work of Frantz Fanon (1952, 1959,...
The Dual-State Character of U.S. Coloniality Notes toward Decolonization
Jack Johnson Fanon is known as a theoretician of anti-colonialist struggle, and especially of the decolonization of the mind of the colonized. During the era of national liberation movements in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, his thinking, especially...
The Emperor S New Words Language and Colonization
1. LANGUAGE AND THE HUMAN SPIRIT It is no coincidence that Frantz Fanon (1967) starts his work Black Skin, White Masks talking about language. Having experienced what it means to be left voiceless, he immediately learnt that "to speak is to exist...
The Facticity of Blackness: A Non-Conceptual Approach to the Study of Race and Racism in Fanon's and Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology
The idea of epidermalizationpoints toward one intermediate stage in a critical theory of body scales in the making of "race". Today skin is no longer privileged as the threshold of either identity or particularity. --Paul Gilroy in Against Race,...
The Fact of Anti-Blackness Decolonization in Chiapas and the Niger River Delta
There are so many deaths. One no longer knows which one to die. --S. Labou Tansi (1) I have no wish to be the victim of the Fraud of a black world. --Frantz Fanon (2) This article considers Frantz Fanon's interrogation of the fact of anti-blackness...
The Living Dead in Colonial and Neo-Colonial Worlds Fanon's Mass Attack on the Ego in Cliff, Kincaid and Aidoo
Samira Kawash delineates the importance of the appearance of a vampire in a case study by Fanon in the colonial context. "For Fanon, the colonized is rendered static, hemmed in both corporeally and existentially. Thus fixed, deprived of temporarily...
The Transcendent and the Postcolonial: Violence in Derrida and Fanon
I. INTRODUCTION In his article "The Force of Law: the Mystical Foundation of Authority" (2002) Jacques Derrida presents his most comprehensive statement on violence, law, and the state, and makes the argument that the just exercise of force by the...
Through the Hellish Zone of Nonbeing: Thinking through Fanon, Disaster, and the Damned of the Earth
Fanon Studies has gone through a considerable set of changes since the days of prescient scholarship by Renate Zahar and critics such as Hannah Arendt and Jack Woddis in the wake of his death and the set of 1960s and 1970s radicals who looked to him...
To Lose Oneself in the Absolute: Revolutionary Subjectivity in Sorel and Fanon
While we have no reason to think that Martinican-born revolutionary Frantz Fanon based his theory of violence in any direct way on the work of French syndicalist Georges Sorel, it is highly unlikely that Fanon was totally unfamiliar with this philosopher...
What Color Was the Blood? Frantz Fanon and Colonization from Within
I do not trust fervor ... fervor is the weapon of choice for the impotent. --Fanon Frantz Fanon won my respect and made clear his intentions with one line when he said "Concern with the elimination of a vicious circle has been the only guidelines...
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