Contenu du sommaire : Frantz Fanon

Revue Actuel Marx Mir@bel
Numéro no 55, avril 2014
Titre du numéro Frantz Fanon
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  • Présentation - p. 7-11 accès libre
  • Dossier : Frantz Fanon

    • Violence, non-violence : Sartre, à propos de Fanon - Judith Butler, Ivan Ascher p. 12-35 accès libre avec résumé en anglais
      Violence, Non-Violence : Sartre on Fanon
      The article examines Sartre's highly controversial preface to The Wretched of the Earth. Its aim is to identify what, in the various modes of address, are elements in an economy of violence and what, on the contrary, participates in a process of recognition. The examination of the addressees of the address leads to a correlative transformation of the very notion of the author, commonly equated with the merely singular individual. What is at stake here is to grasp what makes Fanon, as it does any political theorist, not merely an author but also a “movement emerging”. The exploration of discursive regimes also leads to a reflection on what, within the habitual practices of interpellation, participates in a gendered division of the conversation and companionship of struggles.
    • Le genre de la race : Fanon, lecteur de Beauvoir - Matthieu Renault p. 36-48 accès libre avec résumé en anglais
      The Gender of Race : Fanon as a Reader of Beauvoir
      Frantz Fanon's Black Skin, White Masks and Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex display numerous theoretical and critical affinities. These stem from the appropriations and translations which both works operated in relation to the Hegelian dialectic of master and slave, with a view to the conceptual apprehension of relations of gender (man/woman) and race (White/Black). From this starting-point, what is engaged is a comprehensive dialogue on the questions of the body (gendered, racialised), love, and violence. However even more than these affinities, what we can identify is the extent of the influence of Beauvoir's writings on Fanon. If this aspect has for the moment come in for very little emphasis and even less study, it is because Fanon never quotes Beauvoir's theses and would even appear to have striven to hide any intellectual filiation. We need to understand the causes of such a “disappearance”, not only to comprehend Fanon's work, but also so as to understand their shared source, which is also, to a certain degree, a shared birth, that of feminism and anti-colonialism in the years following the Second World.
    • Fanon, critique du « fétichisme méthodologique » - d'Hourya Bentouhami, Lewis Gordon p. 49-59 accès libre avec résumé en anglais
      In this interview Lewis Gordon reexamines the way the political analyses drawn up by Fanon have contributed to a displacement and renewal of the epistemology of the human sciences. Gordon thus argues that it is “methodological fetishism” which often prevents the analyst from apprehending at a theoretical level the problems of social reality. For a proponent of a “postcolonial phenomenology” such as Gordon, the notion of crisis, as reworked by Fanon in terms of a meaning that is both psychiatric and political, inaugurates a meta-critical movement the effect of which is to question the hidden colonial presuppositions to be found in the European sciences.
    • Vie éthique et pensée de la libération. Lecture critique des usages senghoriens de Marx à partir de fanon - Nadia Yala Kisukidi p. 60-72 accès libre avec résumé
      In Senghor's writings, the focus on the theme of liberation, between the end of the Second World War and the accession to independence of African states in the 1960s, along with the challenge of formulating an African path to socialism, rests upon a specific practical and theoretical usage of the thinking of Karl Marx, in articulation with the notion of négritude. Such a usage of Marx opens up, in Senghor's thought, a site for the questioning of the meaning of the ethical life that is organised in terms of the affirmation of the primacy of culture as a path to de-alienation and as a condition of the genesis of man. This strategic option would be called into question by Frantz Fanon as early as in Black Skins, White Masks (1952). What is at stake in the critical analysis of Senghor's usage of Marx, by way of Fanon's thought, is to highlight, from the perspective of praxis, tensions within the theory of liberation formulated by the thinker of négritude, in the context of anticolonial struggles after 1945.
    • Frantz Fanon et le lumpenprolétariat - Peter Worsley, Stéphanie Templier p. 73-98 accès libre avec résumé en anglais
      Frantz Fanon and the “Lumpenproletariat”The article focuses on the work which had the widest circulation in the context of the liberation struggles of the 1960s and 70s : The Wretched of the Earth. Peter Worsley stresses the originality of a work which emphasised the need for a theoretical and practical rehabilitation of the lumpenproletariat, that underclass denigrated by orthodox Marxism. Thus while Fanon's intellectual genealogy reveals his primary interest for black demands, for Worsley, he is above all a thinker of the revolution, in the Marxist sense of the term, whose contribution was a rethinking of the notions of class and revolutionary strategy. It is in particular through his efforts to think through the alliance between the peasantry and the urban under-proletariat that Fanon manages to grasp the originality of the social formations of the emerging Third World.
    • De Gramsci à fanon, un marxisme décentré - Hourya Bentouhami p. 99-118 accès libre avec résumé en anglais
      Gramsci, Fanon : A Decentred Marxism
      Through its joint reading of Fanon and Gramsci, the article seeks to underline the affinities between these two authors, both heirs to and heretics within the Marxist tradition. The “decentred Marxism” of the two authors is highlighted. From the critique of coloniality to the implementation of a theory of action attentive to the revolutionary power of which the subaltern populations are the bearers, from the exposure of the “racisation” and “subalternisation” of the peasant and proletarian masses of pre-war Italy to the establishment of a “dividing line of colours” in the French colonial system, the two strategists and theorists relentlessly address the task of articulating the various modes of domination (class, race, sex) as components of the same process. Emphasising the necessity of ensuring that critical theory is a counter-hegemonic theory, the article reads as a call to rethink historical materialism and revolutionary praxis by demanding of the theorist that she or he should reconnect with the people, becoming more attentive to the originality of the modes of expression of popular revolts.
  • Interventions

    • Luttes idéologiques et conscience de révolution chez Lénine - Lilian Truchon p. 119-131 accès libre avec résumé en anglais
      Ideological Struggles and the Consciousness of Revolution in Lenin
      Lenin's thesis in What is to be done ? (1902) concerning the a priori exteriority to the working class of the socialist consciousness is today regarded as scandalous, even though recent historiographical research by Lars T. Lih has demonstrated that the source of such a negative judgement is to be sought in the subsequent (1904) biased accusations leveled by the Mensheviks, Lenin's opponents at the time within Russian Social Democracy. This prejudice has significantly restricted any examination of the philosophical substance of the Leninist thesis, in particular regarding its coherence and its theoretical development within the Marxist perspective. Lenin actually manages to propose a solution to the aporia on ideology found in Marx and Engel's German Ideology (1846), coming down on the side of the materialist thesis of the non-innocence of ideology and its trans-class dimension.
    • Le Marx hérétique de Michel Henry : fulgurances et écueils d'une lecture philosophique - Philippe Corcuff p. 132-143 accès libre avec résumé en anglais
      Michel Henry's Heretical Marx : The Dazzling Insights and the Dangers of a Philosophical Reading
      The article analyses Marx, the important work published in 1976 by Michel Henry (1922-2002), the non-Marxist phenomenological philosopher, in terms both of its decisive contributions and certain shortcomings it displays. It does so by way of a dual reading, within the “game of knowledge” (a notion drawn from Ludwig Wittgenstein), of critical sociology and within the framework of an emancipatory political philosophy. Henry enables us to reposition the question of individuality as an axis of a revitalised critique of capitalism and a renovated politics of emancipation. His reading of Marx remains however caught up in a philosophistic presupposition concerning the coherence of the work, a postulate which Michel Foucault effectively called into question. Henry's subjectivist inclination furthermore leads him to neglect the importance of intersubjectivity, that is, of social relations, in Marx. However the balance is not equal, between Henry's dazzling insights about Marx and his omissions. It is the former which are predominant, with the result that Henry's Marx is a work that is too little known and that is unquestionably worth rediscovering.
    • La morale et l'éthique au regard du discours politique chinois - Tony Andréani p. 144-161 accès libre avec résumé en anglais
      Morality and Ethics in the Light of Chinese Political Discourse
      In their stated objectives, the Chinese authorities have given a high profile to the issue of morality, something that, in the current context, is clearly under duress. The question raised is thus whether such discourse is rooted in a morality or ethics particular to Chinese society, insofar as it displays certain aspects that are part of a civic morality of a socialist orientation, along with other features drawing on Confucianism or other components of Chinese culture. The moral injunction would however be empty, if it were not coupled with a politics of well-being, something which must be grounded in an anthropology. Such an anthropology (the search for harmony, consensus, the dynamic equilibrium between contraries) differs significantly from that which prevails in the West. It can therefore be highly instructive for us. The article concludes with some considerations on the Chinese political system.
    • Marxisme, lutte des classes et écologisme - Fabrice Flipo p. 162-176 accès libre avec résumé en anglais
      Marxism, Class Struggle, Ecologism
      Unlike many studies that are too exclusively conceptual in their analysis of the relations between workers' movements and ecologism, the present article seeks to locate its approach within a firmly anchored Marxist tradition : the analysis of social movements, of the “concrete movement that abolishes the real”. Provided we take these movements seriously, Marx thus helps us to think them. His analysis of capitalism indicates the location of ecologist action : in the moment corresponding to the crystallisation of value. This explains the superficial kinship between ecologists and liberals. For both, the paramount aim is to modify demand. The ecologist struggle thus has no direct hold on the exploitation of labour. Only indirectly is it confronted with it. By contrast, the struggle against labour exploitation has the inverse effect of preserving the existing structure of production. This explains their divergence of approach : the pursuit of growth cannot be the ecologist principle. It also explains the location and chief modalities of the ecologist struggle, undertaken away from the factories and involving a considerable symbolic dimension, inasmuch as “needs,” in the case of human beings, are very largely a function of culture.
  • Entretien

    • À propos de la grande bifurcation. En finir avec le néolibéralisme - Bruno Tinel, Gérard Duménil, Dominique Lévy p. 177-192 accès libre avec résumé en anglais
      The Great Bifurcation. Doing away with Neoliberalism
      Bruno Tinel questions Duménil and Lévy (DL) about their new book, La Découverte. Besides the paths currently taken by the United-States and Europe in the wake of the 2008 crisis —the continuation of a dynamics weighted in favour of upper classes —there is an alternative path to the left that is here opened up : hence the “bifurcation”. DL go further in their Marxist-inspired diagnosis. Neoliberalism is described as a social order strategically biased to the power and income of capitalist classes and their allies, the managerial classes. The book draws a contrast between American-English neoliberalism and the configurations observed in Europe. A series of new findings provides the basis for a concrete analysis of the worldwide structures of ownership and control ; the crisis in Europe is investigated by way of the contrasting trajectories of France and Germany, while special emphasis is placed on the Spanish economy. DL argue that, as was the case in the decades immediately following World War II, a new alliance between popular and managerial classes is required, to be established at a European level, but with the aim of transcending the latter level.
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