Frantz Fanon : Philosopher of the Barricades-9780745336251

Frantz Fanon : Philosopher of the Barricades by Hudis, Peter

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Author: Hudis, Peter

Biography: historical, political & military

Published on 10 August 2015 by PLUTO PRESS in the United Kingdom as part of 'the Revolutionary Lives' series.

Paperback | 176 pages, 2 b&w photographs
198 x 132 x 13 | 166g

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.