Frantz Fanon: The Empowerment of the Periphery

Rachid Ouaissa

Abstract


The current fascination with Fanon and his ultimate relevance can be explained by the convergence of the problems of colonialism, space and the subject-formation, which outlines Fanon’s oeuvre. Fanon’s understanding of space as a special form of domination has come to influence the debate on periphery, both on the global and local level. Fanon analyzed everyday racism as a geopolitical coloni- zation, as an alienating spatial relation and treated colonization as spatial organization. This article seeks to provide a political biography of Frantz Fanon, by shedding light on how he has influenced the current debate on peripheries and further attempts to demonstrate Fanon’s relevance in the era of globalization.



Keywords


Space; Alienation; Violence; Revolution; Colonialism; Globalization

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17192/meta.2015.5.3798

Rachid Ouaissa is Professor of Near and Middle Eastern Politics at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies at Marburg University. His main fields of research are political, economic, and societal developments in the MENA region since the nineteenth century, the rise of Islamist movements in the region, and questions of rentier states. Since February 2013, he serves as spokesperson for the Research Network “Reconfigurations: History, Remembrance and Transformation Processes in the Middle East and North Africa,” funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.