Fanonian Practices in South Africa: From Steve Biko to by F. Fanon, Nigel Gibson

By F. Fanon, Nigel Gibson

Written via a number one Fanon student, and with an acute philosophical intelligence, Fanonian Practices in South Africa is a worldly try to research post-apartheid South Africa during the emancipatory lens of Frantz Fanon’s progressive humanism.

South Africa has been broadly heralded as an African good fortune tale within the wake of the 1994 democratic elections. yet lately the world’s media have too frequently carried stark photographs of South African police attacking protestors or scenes of xenophobic violence. Has post-apartheid South Africa been not able to chart a direction clear of the all too well-known script of a postcolonial problem, rooted within the slender nationalism and neocolonialism that Fanon so vividly described?

This isn't really one other meditation on Fanon’s persevered relevance. as an alternative, it's an inquiry into how Fanon, the progressive, may possibly imagine and act within the face of latest social crises. Taking Fanon’s ardour for freedom and liberation heavily, and Biko’s research of the hazards of liberalism, Fanonian Practices seems into the politics of the shack-dweller events at present accumulating momentum in South Africa as vital areas during which to imagine and build a really humane post-apartheid destiny.

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NGOs have been able to fund . . conferences, four-wheel drive vehicles and even establish institutes for research and policy analysis. Many radicals have found themselves in such institutes as policy formulators and advisors or lobbyists and advocates . .

Since life under colonialism is a ‘living death’, every day is in fact a risk steeped in inessentiality (1967a: 219), which is why Fanon wants a radical alterity, an ‘alterity of rupture of conflict and battle’ (1967a: 222). Similarly, when Biko proclaims, ‘Black man, you are on your own’, he means ‘You are either alive and proud or you are dead’ (Biko 1978: 172). 32 18 Fanonian practices in South Africa Returning to the analogy with the shack dwellers’ movement, one could ask, what does the movement want?

They are not, therefore, proper members of civil society and are not regarded as such by the institutions of state. But it is not as though they are outside the reach of the state or even excluded from the domain of politics. As populations within the territorial jurisdiction of the state, they have to be looked after and controlled by various government agencies. These activities bring these populations into a certain political relationship with the state. But this relationship does not always conform to what is envisaged in the constitutional depiction of the relation between the state and members of civil society (2004: 38, my emphasis).

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