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Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
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Feb 05, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: 300s, language
Read from January 21 to 24, 2012

While I feel my PoCo credentials have improved from reading this, I can't say I was impressed. As a book I found it disorganized and frequently rambling, like a collection of rants or monologues, each mini-argument or idea never quite closed, just abandoned. On other hand, to the best of my knowledge many of these rants, ideas, or themes absolutely needed to be said at the time of publication, and I thank Fanon for connecting them together and releasing them into the world. E.g. "Let us have the courage to say: It is the racist who creates the inferiorized." (73)

Part of my problem with it may also be that I know very little about classic 20th century psychiatry and Freudian psychology in particular. The Freudian processes and complexes that Fanon wields so handily seem both discrediting and irrelevant to his project: what he's saying makes more sense minus the Freud.

new words! lunule, calcarine
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