Quote of the week

[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.

Greg Grandin
London Review of Books
27 June 2011

Book Announcement: Fanonian Practices in South Africa: From Steve Biko to Abahlali baseMjondolo

Fanonian Practices in South Africa: From Steve Biko to Abahlali baseMjondolo by Nigel Gibson
EAN: 9781869141974

UKZN Press

Fanonian Practices in South Africa examines Frantz Fanon’s relevance to contemporary South African politics, and by extension, research on postcolonial Africa and the tragic development of postcolonies. Here leading Fanon scholar Nigel C. Gibson offers theoretically informed historical analysis, providing crucial scholarly insights into the circumstances that led to the current hegemony of neoliberalism in South Africa.

 

Nigel C. Gibson is the Director of the Honors Program at Emerson College. He is one of the leading scholars of the work of Frantz Fanon, and the author of Rethinking Fanon: The Continuing Dialogue (1999) Fanon: The Postcolonial Imagination (2003), and Biko Lives!: Contesting the Legacies of Steve Biko (Palgrave, 2003).

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