Black Skin White Masks

Black Skin, White Masks was the first book to invest­ig­ate the psy­cho­logy of colo­ni­al­ism. It exam­ines how colo­ni­al­ism is intern­al­ized by the col­on­ized, how an inferi­or­ity com­plex is incul­cated, and how, through the mech­an­ism of racism, black people end up emu­lat­ing their oppress­ors. It is due to the sens­it­iv­it­ies of Fan­on, says Ashis Nandy, that “we know some­thing about the
inter­per­son­al pat­terns which con­sti­tuted the colo­ni­al situ­ation, par­tic­u­larly in Africa.”2 Fan­on began a pro­cess of psy­cho­ana­lyt­ic
decon­struc­tion that was developed fur­ther first by Nandy in The Intim­ate Enemy and then by Ngu­gi wa Thiong in Decol­on­ising the Mind (1986). Oth­er the­or­ists of colo­ni­al sub­jectiv­ity have fol­lowed in their foot­steps.

Fan­on writes from the per­spect­ive of a col­on­ized sub­ject. He is a sub­ject with a dir­ect exper­i­ence of racism who has developed a nat­ur­al and intense hatred of racism. When it comes to exper­i­ence, this is no ordin­ary sub­ject: already the author has fought for the
res­ist­ance in the Carib­bean and France, has been wounded near the Swiss bor­der, and received a cita­tion for cour­age. He has a
pro­fes­sion­al interest in psy­cho­ana­lys­is and speaks of Sig­mund Freud, Alfred Adler, and Carl Gust­av Jung without much dis­tinc­tion. He is going to offer us a psy­cho­ana­lyt­ic inter­pret­a­tion of the black prob­lem, he says. But we can be sure that this is not a ther­apy ses­sion. Fan­on is no arm­chair philo­sopher or aca­dem­ic the­or­ist. He has a more urgent and press­ing thing on his mind: lib­er­a­tion.

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Gata Malandra

Gata Malandra

Edit­or / Research­er at No Bounds
Gata is a music and arts lov­er, stud­ied anthro­po­logy, art man­age­ment and media pro­duc­tion ded­ic­at­ing most of her time to cre­at­ive pro­jects pro­duced by No Bounds.
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Gata is a music and arts lover, studied anthropology, art management and media production dedicating most of her time to creative projects produced by No Bounds.

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