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Black Skin, White Masks (1952)

by Frantz Fanon

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In this study, Fanon uses psychoanalysis and psychological theory to explain the feelings of dependency and inadequacy that black people experience in a white world. Originally formulated to combat the oppression of black people, Fanon's insights are now being taken up by other oppressed groups - including feminists - and used in their struggle for cultural and political autonomy. Like Marx, Fanon wanted to change the world as well as to describe it. The sustained influence of his writings realizes this ambition.… (more)
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Black Skin, White Masks offers an acute analysis of the formation of black identity in a white world. The central phenomenon Fanon attempts to scrutinise is: how the Martiniquan society (and by extension every colonised peoples) has come to abhor anything relating to its identity (e.g. skin color and language) as a result of the hegemony embodied by the 'western values' that demonised the 'other', i.e the colonised. In this regard, while "white" would be equivalent to morality, rationality, goodness and civilisation, "black" would symbolise evil, nature, savagery and the supernatural.
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  meddz | Jun 11, 2021 |
Fanon flayed me. His rich and concise prose, arguments, have considerable breadth for such a slim volume. His points about the culpability of all in a society for the atrocities those in power inflict, is moving, damning, and necessary.

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Returning to Black Skin, White Masks during 2020 only underscored my earlier points. I appreciated Fanon's rhetorical experimentation more this go around, his attempt (as writing is always an attempt) at rendering the phenomenological experience as a Black man in text was confounding and provocative.
  b.masonjudy | Apr 3, 2020 |
Black Skin, White Masks is a 1952 book by Frantz Fanon, a psychiatrist and intellectual from Martinique. A major influence on civil rights, anti-colonial, and black consciousness movements around the world, Black Skin, White Masks is the unsurpassed study of the black psyche in a white world. Hailed for its scientific analysis and poetic grace when it was first published in 1952, the book remains a vital force today from one of the most important theorists of revolutionary struggle, colonialism, and racial difference in history.
  soualibra | Jan 9, 2020 |
在非洲,可以輕易地在膚色上,去判斷出統治階層與被統治階層,是兩種不同的族群(或種族)。但若是統治階層與被統治階層,無論是膚色、外貌,甚至生活習慣,都相當類似的時候呢?我們會說這不是殖民主義?或者會說,這需要不同的後殖民理論?
  maoozilla | Apr 2, 2019 |
this book is a wound. it is a seminal text in (to borrow from berger) ways of seeing--and, along with audre lorde's sister outsider, it taught me about the uses of anger. ( )
  subabat | Mar 19, 2018 |
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In this study, Fanon uses psychoanalysis and psychological theory to explain the feelings of dependency and inadequacy that black people experience in a white world. Originally formulated to combat the oppression of black people, Fanon's insights are now being taken up by other oppressed groups - including feminists - and used in their struggle for cultural and political autonomy. Like Marx, Fanon wanted to change the world as well as to describe it. The sustained influence of his writings realizes this ambition.

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