This book explores the deeper philosophical foundations of Fanon’s project in order to understand the depths of Fanon’s contribution to the theory of the subject and to social theory. It also demonstrates how Fanon’s model makes it possible to understand the political dimensions of Freudian psychoanalysis and the psychological dimensions of Hegel’s social theory. This is the first book to bring these two central dimensions of Fanon’s thought into dialogue. It uses Fanon’s position to provide a deeper interpretation of key texts in Freud and Hegel and by uniting these three thinkers contributes to the creolization of all three thinkers.
Dedication / Acknowledgements / Abbreviations / Introduction / 1. Kant, Hegel, Freud and the Structure of the Subject / 2. Trauma and Dialectics / 3.Fanon’s Psychopathology of Race and Colonialism / 4. The Rebirth of the Revolutionary Subject / 5. Hegel, Freud and Fanon’s Theories of History / Conclusion: The Ideal of Recognition, Political and Libidinal / Bibliography / Index
Bird-Pollan offers an agile analysis of the relationship between negativity and self-integration in Hegel, Freud, and Fanon, challenging the by now standard idea that fragmentation is intrinsic to human subjectivity, and making a strong case for a socio-political understanding of traumatization.