Journal Article — Connexus Theory and the Agonistic Binary of Coloniality: Revisiting Fanon’s Legacy — by Festus Ikeotuonye

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This article attempts to conceptualize the violence of colonialism and racism by drawing on Aníbal Quijano’s model of power. It argues that “racism” is a signifier of the axial agonistic binary relations at the core or ‘kernel code’ of the convolutions of the modern/colonial habitus. At the core of modernity lies an agonistic binary relation between “order” or “certainty” and the “other” representing the self invented nemesis of order–uncertainty or alterity. Central to this agonistic relationship is the negation of the colonized “other” as a basis for not only the constitution of the self/order but also as the fuel that drives the axial spatial articulation of this Manichean orientation to reality: a mental and spatial articulation that is profoundly alien in the worldviews of most oral and indigenous cultures the world over. Through a cultural critique of Eurocentrism, the article sets out to rescue the liberation thesis of Franz Fanon from the grip of this modern/colonial mechanism of power and its extensions.

Recommended Citation

Ikeotuonye, Festus. 2007. “Connexus Theory and the Agonistic Binary of Coloniality: Revisiting Fanon’s Legacy.” Pp. 205-218 in Reflections on Fanon: The Violences of Colonialism and Racism, Inner and Global—Conversations with Frantz Fanon on the Meaning of Human Emancipation (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume V, Special Issue, 2007.) Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).

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