Members of this social stratum tended to strive for assimilation, and identification, with white French culture. After the war, he stayed in France to study psychiatry and medicine at university in Lyons.
He was born in Martinique, trained to be a psychiatrist in France, worked for the French government in Algeria, resigned his position, joined the Algerian National Liberation Front, wrote The Wretched of the Earthand died of leukemia at the age of 36 in While The Wretched of the Earth was very influential on anti-imperialist, civil rights and Black consciousness activists in the s, it was his earlier book, Black Skin, White Masksthat has been the more influential to the fields of cultural studies and postmodern postcolonial theory since the s.
In the conclusion of the book, Fanon stated, "The Negro is not. Any more than the white man," meaning that the process of investigating the psychopathology produced by colonialism enabled one to become aware that racial identity was historically constructed rather than biologically innate.
The dissection of racial representation released Fanon -- and his readers -- by turning the body from being a structural factor of consciousness to becoming an object for consciousness to understand, evaluate and re-imagine.
He would take up the situation of the latter in The Wretched of the Earth where he would emphasize that only political revolution could fully decolonize the psyche of a subordinated population.
He contended that the colonial situation produced a weak ego, that is, one that could not reconcile its conditions and thus became more prone -- even desirous -- of ideological manipulation.
Fanon however also explained that the more stripped the ego was of its defences, the more likely that the colonized would eventually revolt against his or her conditions: Empirically we know now that Fanon was only partially correct: Revolution tended to come from those areas -- that were not necessarily the most subordinated -- but that had collective institutions, a tradition of activism, and importantly an alternative symbolic order.
Rebellion has never been simply an act of negativity but has also always been informed by an image of another, potentially more fulfilling world.
The activists that were influenced by Fanon altered the broader meaning of the term: Award-winning journalist Karl Nerenberg keeps you in the know. Donate to support his efforts today.1 Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth: A Negro Psychoanalyst’s Study of the Problems of Racism & Colonialism in the World Today.
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2 Renate Zahar, Frantz Fanon: Colonialism and Alienation. (New York, New York: Monthly Review Press) p. Frantz Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks is a stirring glimpse into the mindset of a black man living in a white man’s world.
The author approaches the subject of racism from a psychoanalytic viewpoint rather than from a sociological stance. To Fanon, racism is a psychological disease which has.
Frantz Fanon's speech (in French) before the First Congress of Negro Writers and Artists in Paris in September and published in the Special Issue of Presence Africaine, June-November, , remains a classic study of Racism and Culture.
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