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Critique of Black reason

Achille Mbembe ; translated by Laurent Dubois.
  • Durham : Duke University Press, 2017.
  • Copyright Notice: ©2017
  • xv, 215 pages ; 24 cm
Also known as
  • John Hope Franklin Center Book
  • Eminent critic Achille Mbembe offers a capacious genealogy of the category of Blackness-from the Atlantic slave trade to the present-to 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. 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.--Publisher description.
  • Introduction: The becoming Black of the world
  • The subject of race
  • The well of fantasies
  • Difference and self-determination
  • The little secret
  • Requiem for the slave
  • The clinic of the subject
  • Epilogue: There is only one world.
Other information
  • "A John Hope Franklin Center Book."
  • Originally published as "Critique de la raison nègre": Paris : La Découverte, [2013].
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Language: Translated from the French.
Additional form
  • 9780822363323
  • 0822363321
  • 9780822363439
  • 0822363437
  • Alternate version: 9780822373230
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2016043545
  • OCLC: 953325412
  • OCLC: 953325412