On the Postcolony

On the Postcolony Achille Mbembe is one of the most brilliant theorists of postcolonial studies writing today In On the Postcolony he profoundly renews our understanding of power and subjectivity in Africa In a series

  • Title: On the Postcolony
  • Author: Achille Mbembe J.A.A. Mbembe
  • ISBN: 9780520204355
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Paperback
  • Achille Mbembe is one of the most brilliant theorists of postcolonial studies writing today In On the Postcolony he profoundly renews our understanding of power and subjectivity in Africa In a series of provocative essays, Mbembe contests diehard Africanist and nativist perspectives as well as some of the key assumptions of postcolonial theory.This thought provoking andAchille Mbembe is one of the most brilliant theorists of postcolonial studies writing today In On the Postcolony he profoundly renews our understanding of power and subjectivity in Africa In a series of provocative essays, Mbembe contests diehard Africanist and nativist perspectives as well as some of the key assumptions of postcolonial theory.This thought provoking and groundbreaking collection of essays his first book to be published in English develops and extends debates first ignited by his well known 1992 article Provisional Notes on the Postcolony, in which he developed his notion of the banality of power in contemporary Africa Mbembe reinterprets the meanings of death, utopia, and the divine libido as part of the new theoretical perspectives he offers on the constitution of power He works with the complex registers of bodily subjectivity violence, wonder, and laughter to profoundly contest categories of oppression and resistance, autonomy and subjection, and state and civil society that marked the social theory of the late twentieth century.This provocative book will surely attract attention with its signal contribution to the rich interdisciplinary arena of scholarship on colonial and postcolonial discourse, history, anthropology, philosophy, political science, psychoanalysis, and literary criticism.

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    1. If it weren't for this site I might go on feeling like I'm the only person who's read this book. I think it's out of print now in the States and really difficult to get ahold of, except through the internet. Mbembe always makes me think of the guy Fanon mentioned in Black Skin, White Masks who was expelled from a French university for being black and having the "impudence to read Engels." Compared to other, much more celebrated contemporary theorists like Critchley or Niall Ferguson, Mbembe's ab [...]

    2. A very difficult read since it is written in a academic, philosophical style, yet describes the 'Neo Africa' post Colonialism in much detail and how the nepotism, dictatorships and maladministrations function in the African Renaissance. Prof. Mbembe discusses the three corner stones on which violence is based in take-overs of administration: 1) The founding violence - this is what underpin not only the right of conquest, but all the prerogatives flowing from that right;2)pre- and post take-over [...]

    3. Amazing. But very complicated to read. It is full of thick academia language. HArd to read but once you get through it, it has so much to say about the effects of colonialism and post colonialism in Africa.

    4. A truly novel, insightful conceptualizing of the "postcolony" by an African/French scholar. Some of the essays take after Fanon or Derrida but all take for granted the need to go beyond Hegelian philosophical thought to uncover the true state of modern Africa from within. Challenging and beautifully written even when tackling the subject of violence (sadism) and corruption in the colonial apparatus.

    5. I really liked this book and wished that I had a better foundation inoh, say, politics, history, economics, semiotics. which to comprehend it. Nonetheless, it was quite thrilling and I would recommend it.

    6. Overall, Mbembe's book is invaluable for effectively connecting colonial/post-colonial representations of Africa with brutal exercise of multi-modal power (see Allen, Lost Geographies of Power) in order to gain and maintain control over actual spaces of colonialism (especially Mbembe's primary case study Cameroon). In particular, Mbembe's combination of metaphor and case study offers correctives to cultural studies work (e.g. Derridia and Lyotard) that concentrates unduly on textual deconstructi [...]

    7. As much as I try to buldoze through the verbiage of this book, I couldn't finish it. It took me days and many cups of strong coffee with lots of sweetened condensed milk to go through just three chapters. Caffeine and sugar high, a necessity in wading past theories of postcolonialism.I needed the help of Rita Abrahamsen's persuasion ("African studies and the postcolonial challenge" African Affairs (2003), 102, 189-201) to accept the necessary evil of convoluted language so that postcolonialist t [...]

    8. This was one of the best books I have ever read. Challenging, insightful, and still current, I recommend it to everyone.

    9. Absolutely amazing theory!!! (on colonization and the postcolony). Learn so much every time I come back to this book!

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