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11. The CLR James Journal: Volume > 23 > Issue: 1/2
Vivaldi Jean-Marie Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks: The Irreducibility of Black Bodies
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This piece argues that Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks inscribes the social and psychological experience of the African Diaspora within the conceptual purview of the western sciences by the means of psychoanalytical and philosophical concepts. The upshots of Fanon’s goal are twofold. Its first implication is that in employing psychoanalytical and philosophical lingo, Fanon commits to delineating a distinct tenet of self-determination for the African Diaspora. Such tenet of self-determination consists in a set of norms, beliefs, socio-cultural, and political practices. Secondly, besides the stated goal in the Introduction, namely to ‘liberate the black individual from herself,’ Fanon is attempting to alter the European perception of black communities as sexual and biological threats. Accordingly, this piece concludes that Fanon’s successful inscription of the psychological and lived experiences of the African Diaspora in the western sciences, via his psychoanalytical and philosophical rendition, is hampered by the European perception of black bodies which prevents their complete scientific conceptualization.
12. The CLR James Journal: Volume > 23 > Issue: 1/2
Dan Wood Immanence, Nonbeing, and Truth in the Work of Fanon
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The present essay examines three apparent contradictions to arise in Fanon’s work regarding his operative critique of religion, ontology, and theory of truth. I review some of the prevailing evaluations of these apparent contradictions, and then argue that said interpretations of Fanon do not stand up to close textual and historical scrutiny. I then dissolve the aforementioned apparent contradictions and provide more adequate approaches to interpreting their theoretical significance in such a way as to highlight the internal coherence and force of Fanon’s philosophical vision.
13. The CLR James Journal: Volume > 23 > Issue: 1/2
Andrew J. Douglas “The Brutal Dialectics of Underdevelopment”: Thinking Politically with Walter Rodney
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This essay surveys the writings of Walter Rodney, the late Guyanese scholar-activist, in an effort to elicit a distinctive way of thinking politically about underdevelopment. Focusing on a range of primary sources, including a series of unpublished notes and lectures on Marxism and development theory, I consider how Rodney’s engagement with the concrete struggles of Black people informed his appropriation of historical materialism. An avowed “Black Marxist” working at the onset of the neocolonial order, Rodney suggested that collective human development, the historical expansion of productive and social capacity, had become routinely delimited by racially charged political blockages, the effects of a kind of zero-sum game in which development for some was secured only through the active underdevelopment of others. Ultimately I suggest that Rodney’s work invites serious reconsideration of the enduring explanatory power of the Black radical and Marxist legacies, in this case by providing a rich theoretical framework that can help to orient and sustain critical engagement with the elusive racial politics of persistent underdevelopment.
14. The CLR James Journal: Volume > 23 > Issue: 1/2
Matthew Quest New Beginning Movement: Coordinating Council of Revolutionary Alternatives for Trinidad and the Caribbean
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The New Beginning Movement (NBM) (1971–1978) in Trinidad functioned as a voice of direct democracy and workers self-management through popular assemblies, and as a global coordinating council of a Pan-Caribbean International with linkages across the region, in Britain, the United States, and Canada. A crucial philosophical and strategic leaven in the 1970 Black Power Revolt led by Geddes Granger’s and Dave Darbeau’s National Joint Action Committee (NJAC) and the 1975 United Labour Front (ULF) in Trinidad, NBM aspired to interpret Afro-Trinidadians and Indo-Trinidadians equally, and on their own autonomous terms, toward self-directed emancipation. Led by Bukka Rennie, Wally Look Lai, and Franklyn Harvey, NBM was inspired by C.L.R. James’s intellectual legacies. Through publications such as New Beginning, Caribbean Dialogue, and The Vanguard, these partisans advocated labor’s self-emancipation and critical perspectives on capitalism and state power, and exposed the limits of elite party politics and representative government.
15. The CLR James Journal: Volume > 23 > Issue: 1/2
César Augusto Baldi From Modern Constitutionalism to New Latin American Decolonial Constitutionalism
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It is not easy for modern constitutionalism to recognize diversity in different countries. In the years since 1982, a “pluralist horizon” appeared in Latin American constitutions and now it is time to discuss the existence—or not—of a new constitutionalism in this region, especially after the main innovations have been made in the constitutional process in Bolivia and Ecuador.
book discussion i: katherine gordy's living ideology in cuba: socialism in principle and practice
16. The CLR James Journal: Volume > 23 > Issue: 1/2
Angélica Maria Bernal Living Ideology and the Limits of Contestation: A Review Essay of Katherine Gordy’s Living Ideology in Cuba: Socialism in Principle and Practice
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17. The CLR James Journal: Volume > 23 > Issue: 1/2
Joseph de la Torre Dwyer Seeking Cuban Politics Beyond the State: Katherine A. Gordy’s Living Ideology in Cuba
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18. The CLR James Journal: Volume > 23 > Issue: 1/2
George Ciccariello-Maher Book Discussion: Katherine A. Gordy’s Living Ideology in Cuba: Socialism in Principle and Practice
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19. The CLR James Journal: Volume > 23 > Issue: 1/2
Antoni Kapcia Book Discussion: Katherine A. Gordy’s Living Ideology in Cuba: Socialism in Principle and Practice
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20. The CLR James Journal: Volume > 23 > Issue: 1/2
Derefe Kimarley Chevannes Trabajando y estudiando para ser el hombre total: Socializing the Political in Living Ideology in Cuba
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