Critique of Black Reason (a John Hope Franklin Center Book)

Critique of Black Reason (a John Hope Franklin Center Book) Author Achille Mbembe
ISBN-10 0822363437
ISBN-13 9780822363439
Year 2017-03-10
Pages 240
Language English
Publisher Duke University Press Books
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In Critique of Black Reason eminent critic Achille Mbembe offers a capacious genealogy of the category of Blacknessfrom the Atlantic slave trade to the presentto critically reevaluate history racism and the future of humanity Mbembe teases out the intellectual consequences of the reality that Europe is no longer the world s center of gravity while mapping the relations among colonialism slavery and contemporary financial and extractive capital Tracing the conjunction of Blackness with the biological fiction of race he theorizes Black reason as the collection of discourses and practices that equated Blackness with the nonhuman in order to uphold forms of oppression Mbembe powerfully argues that this equation of Blackness with the nonhuman will serve as the template for all new forms of exclusion With Critique of Black Reason Mbembe offers nothing less than a map of the world as it has been constituted through colonialism and racial thinking while providing the first glimpses of a more just future

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