Journal Article — Fanon and the Iraqi Other: Unmasking the Illusions of Colonialism — by Jarrod Shanahan
This conversation with Frantz Fanon on the topics of native otherness in colonialist discourse and the possibility of effacing this illusory rhetoric begins with a discussion of the American public discourse in its present state, and transport this framework to the time of Frantz Fanon and the Algerian Revolution. The intent is not to draw a concrete, line-item comparison between contemporary U.S. foreign policy and media and that of 1950s France, but rather to explore through loose correlations the potential for an overarching theory which comprehends the relationship between states’ power elite and populations, and the indigenous populations of occupied foreign territory, as a story which has repeated itself extensively throughout the history of modernity. The decision to mention the ongoing occupation of Iraq in this article’s title and introduction and scantly within can be considered in this context as an invitation to suspend the sort of logistic-heavy and (thereby) restricted thinking behind such popular inquiries as Is Iraq the New Vietnam?, and focus rather on a general comprehension of democratic state apparatus as it portrays foreign oppression to a domestic population that retains the power to influence state policy through popular mandate.
Shanahan, Jarrod. 2007. “Fanon and the Iraqi Other: Unmasking the Illusions of Colonialism.” Pp. 273-284 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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