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  • Paperback: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Humanity Books (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573927090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573927093
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,450,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nigel C. Gibson (New York, NY) is assistant director of the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University.

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Nigel Gibson is an activist and scholar. He was born in London and was an active in the 1984 -1985 Miners' Strike. While in London he also met South African exiles from the Black Consciousness Movement and, in conversation with the exiles, developed some influential academic work on the movement. He later moved to the United States where he worked with Raya Dunayevskaya in the Marxist Humanism movement, studied with Edward Said and became an important theorist of Frantz Fanon on whom he has written extensively. He has also edited a major collection of work on Theodor Adorno and is a co-editor of a new collection of work on Steve Biko that includes work by scholars of the calibre of Lewis Gordon and Mabogo More. Gibson's work has been widely influential in South Africa where it is often cited by academics and activists. In recent years he has often written and spoken on the South African shack dwellers' movement Abahlali baseMjondolo. He is a member of the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa and has addressed the United Nations.

He was previously the Assistant Director of African Studies at Columbia University and a Research Associate in African-American Studies at Harvard University. He is currently Director of the Honors Program at Emerson College.


In 2009 he was awarded the Fanon prize by the Caribbean Philosophy Association. According to the association "Gibson has set a high standard in Fanon studies and historically-informed political thought on Africa and the Caribbean."

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
Forged in the colonialism of Martinique, confirmed by the racism of Paris and vividly enlivened by the Algerian revolution, Frantz Fanon's all too brief life (1925-1961) and thought were inextricably linked to the transformation of reality. Fanon's historical importance as a Black theorist with a total critique of imperialism has made him a crucial figure in the Black struggles in the U.S., the fight against apartheid in South Africa and postcolonial theory.
RETHINKING FANON: THE CONTINUING DIALOGUE is a new collection of essays, edited by Nigel Gibson, which highlights Fanon's significance by airing controversies over his legacy. The issues which generate the most controversy concern the meaning of Fanon's humanism and his assessment of the role of women in the Algerian revolution. The two issues are intimately linked.
Fanon's famous critique of "The Pitfalls of National Consciousness" outlines the ways in which a revolution can stop short or turn into its opposite if a narrow vision of the past is imposed as a substitute for the ongoing development of a new culture. In one of the most moving pieces in the collection, Algerian feminist Marie-Aimée Helie-Lucas relates the hideous damage done by delaying women's liberation until after the revolution. The building of a "national culture" falls disproportionately on women, who become symbolic carriers of traditions which are "seen as ahistorical and immutable" (275). "Defending women's rights 'now'-this now being any historical moment-is always a betrayal of the people, the nation, the revolution, religion, national identity, cultural roots" (280).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Esme Josephson on March 21, 2002
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Anyone interested in Frantz Fanon and post colonial studies would do well to start here. This well rounded critical volume discusses Fanon's thought and its contexts as well as current debates. The collection includes essays by Said, Gates, Bhabha, McClintock and Fuss as well as important essays by less well known authors including Bulhan, Sharpley-Whiting, Gibson (who also writes a provocative introduction) and Turner. It has a good number of essays on the debates around Fanon and Feminism. 460 pages at this price, it's a deal.
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