Frantz Fanon: An African Reading of Hegel
This chapter analyzes the response to Hegel’s views on Africa by postcolonial theorists, focusing on Frantz Fanon. It shows how Fanon effectively rewrites Hegel’s master-slave dialectic, and how the Hegelian notion of recognition is central to both Fanon’s account of the “black man” as a construction of “white” ideology, and his political agenda for achieving humanity in a necessarily reciprocal fashion. Fanon provides a transition to the next section of the book inasmuch as he makes a connection between the imperialistic and Eurocentric nature of Hegel’s dialectic and the institution of slavery.
KeywordsHegel and Fanon Fanon on master-slave dialectic White ideology
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