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Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
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Mar 26, 2012

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Read from April 22 to July 23, 2012

This book took me a little while to get through as I don't study a lot of psychology or philosophy and Fanon frequently references authors such as Sartre, Hegel, Mannoni, Césaire (a poet, but I don't read his work), etc. I really, really did not like chapter six where Fanon presents arguments from multiple psychoanalysts like Freud, Adler, and Jung. I just thought that was all unnecessary as Fanon provides it for the sake of a dialectical argument (you get to read all about repressed homosexuality and incestuous feelings, ugh!) but I never believed Freud's theories anyway so there's no need to disprove them to me. However, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about how Fanon believes we can conquer disalienation of the "other". In the last chapter of his book he leaves off with a powerful message of how we can achieve freedom by letting go of the past and moving forward, and I believe his ideas can still be applied to a lot of issues that exist today.
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“We believe that an individual must endeavor to assume the universalism inherent in the human condition.”
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04/22/2012 page 24
07/19/2012 page 157
65.0% "Reading chapter six. All these psychoanalysts are crazy =/ way too obsessed with sex. :("
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