This book is a critical engagement with the ideas of Frantz Fanon, focusing on the politics of identity and resistance. It provides a coherent reading of Fanon's work, highlighting his commitment to revolutionary humanism and sketching a broad outline of his approach to identity politics. The book engages with the challenges of reading Fanon today and stresses on the relevance of his ideas in analysing contemporary politics and culture. It uses Fanonian perspectives to critique the Negritude movement, Periyar's anti-caste movement in Tamil Nadu, the Kurdish struggle in the Middle East, and contemporary multiculturalism, arguing for a politics of ‘expansive identity’ and a new universalism.
Karthick Ram Manoharan is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC). He received his PhD from the Department of Government, University of Essex.
Allen Hibbard is Professor and Director, Middle East Center, at Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee, USA. His published works include Paul Bowles: A Study of the Short Fiction.
1. Reading Fanon Today
2. From Particular to Universal: The Contours of Fanon’s Revolutionary Humanism
3. Limits of Blackness: Fanon Contra Negritude
4. Anti-Casteist Casteism? A Fanonist Study of Anti-caste Politics
5. Expansive Identity and the Ethics of Resistance: The Poetics of the Kurdish Movement
Conclusion: Fanon as a Critic of Multiculturalism
Glossary of Select Terms