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Creolizing Political Theory: Reading Rousseau Through Fanon (Just Ideas)


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Might creolization offer political theory an approach that would better reflect the heterogeneity of political life? After all, it describes mixtures that were not supposed to have emerged in the plantation societies of the Caribbean but did so through their capacity to exemplify living culture, thought, and political practice. Similar processes continue today, when people who once were strangers find themselves unequal co-occupants of new political locations they both seek to call "home."

Unlike multiculturalism, in which different cultures are thought to co-exist relatively separately, creolization describes how people reinterpret themselves through interaction with one another. While indebted to comparative political theory, Gordon offers a critique of comparison by demonstrating the generative capacity of creolizing methodologies. She does so by bringing together the eighteenth-century revolutionary Swiss thinker Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the twentieth-century Martinican-born Algerian liberationist Frantz Fanon. While both provocatively challenged whether we can study the world in ways that do not duplicate the prejudices that sustain its inequalities, Fanon, she argues, outlined a vision of how to bring into being the democratically legitimate alternatives that Rousseau mainly imagined.

About the Author

Jane Anna Gordon teaches Political Science and African-American Studies at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. Her first book, Why They Couldn't Wait, was listed by the Gotham Gazette as one of the four best recent books on civil rights. She is co-editor of The Companion to African American Studies, which was the NetLibrary Book of the Month in February 2007. She is also the co-author of Of Divine Warning: Reading Disaster in the Modern Age and President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association.

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1. Delegitimating Decadent Discourses of Inquiry

2. Decolonizing Disciplinary Methods

3. Squaring the Circle: Rousseau's General Will

4. Creolizing the General Will: Fanonian National Consciousness

5. Thinking through Creolization





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Gordon, Jane Anna
Fordham University Press
History & Theory
Politics | Political Theory
Politics - General
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