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Lessons from the Postcolony: Frantz Fanon, Psychoanalysis and a Psychology of Political Critique

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In this chapter, we explore some of the possibilities and dilemmas in forging a psychology of the postcolonial, placing psychoanalysis — specifically Frantz Fanon’s (1952) Black Skin, White Masks, the most explicit psychoanalytical of his works — at the centre of such a prospective form of political psychology. Fanon’s work can be taken as a founding event for a postcolonial psychology, both a point of origin and a definition of what such a field of critical praxis might entail. To be specific, it is his ambivalent relation to psychoanalysis, his repetition of its concepts — aware always of their potential to transmit, re-inscribe and reify certain ideologically loaded Eurocentric ideas — against their origins, as it were, that we want to emphasise here.1

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Truscott, R., Hook, D. (2014). Lessons from the Postcolony: Frantz Fanon, Psychoanalysis and a Psychology of Political Critique. In: Nesbitt-Larking, P., Kinnvall, C., Capelos, T., Dekker, H. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Global Political Psychology. Palgrave Studies in Political Psychology Series. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-137-29118-9_8

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