by Peter Hudis
Pluto Press (UK)
Few figures loom as large in the intellectual history of revolution and postcolonialism than Frantz Fanon. An intellectual who devoted his life to activism, he utilized his deep knowledge of psychology and philosophy in the service of the movement for democratic participation and political sovereignty in his native Martinique and around the world.
With Franz Fanon, Peter Hudis presents a penetrating critical biography of the activist's life and work. Countering the prevailing belief that Fanon's contributions to modern thought can be wholly defined by an advocacy of violence, Hudis presents his work instead as an integrated whole, showing that its nuances--and thus its importance--can only be appreciated in light of Fanon's efforts to fuse philosophical theory and actual practice. By taking seriously Fanon's philosophical and psychological contributions, as well as his political activism, Hudis presents a powerful and perceptive new view of the man and his achievement.
This brief, richly perceptive introduction to Fanon will give new force to his ideas, his life, and his example for people engaged in radical political theory and taking action against oppression around the world today.
"If you are new to Fanon or you are returning to his work, Peter Hudis's Frantz Fanon: Philosopher of the Barricades is a must read!"--Lenore Daniels, PhD, theorist, writer, activist
"With Frantz Fanon: Philosopher of the Barricades," Peter Hudis makes it clear that he simply has no equal today in using a Marxist-humanist theoretical lens to illuminate the complexities surrounding some of the most important political figures and events of our times. This is an iconoclastic exegesis of Fanon's life and work, and is sure to leave a lasting contribution to the study of this storied revolutionary. In what is sure to become a classic text, Hudis shows himself to be one of the most important thinkers of our generation."--Peter McLaren, Chapman University and author of Pedagogy of Insurrection
About the Author:
Peter Hudis is the author of Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism and professor of philosophy and the humanities at Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, Illinois.