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Fanon in the postcolonial Mediterranean: sovereignty and agency in neoliberal Egypt

Salem, Sara ORCID: 0000-0002-7872-5613 (2020) Fanon in the postcolonial Mediterranean: sovereignty and agency in neoliberal Egypt. Interventions, 22 (6). pp. 722-740. ISSN 1369-801X

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Identification Number: 10.1080/1369801X.2020.1749703


In this essay I revisit Fanon’s theory on the emergence of a postcolonial elite in the Global South, and suggest that his argument around the dynamics of imperial transformation following the end of formal colonial rule can shed light on the postcolonial era, in particular the period of neoliberalization that began in the 1970s to which foreign capital such as European Union (EU) capital has been central. I use the concept of amnesia to highlight some of these changes, focusing on two forms: the amnesia of radical critique and the amnesia of empire, arguing that they allow for questions of economic dependency, sovereignty, agency and resistance to come to the fore, highlighting both change and continuity. In particular, Fanon’s work allows for an exploration of both forms of amnesia, through his emphasis on a dependent bourgeoisie as well as the ways in which global political economic structures condition postcolonial agency.

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Additional Information: © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
J Political Science > JC Political theory
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 27 May 2020 16:30
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 03:03

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