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The Common GrowlToward a Poetics of Precarious Community$
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Thomas Claviez

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823270910

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823270910.001.0001

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Antiracism and (re)Humanization

Antiracism and (re)Humanization

(p.111) Antiracism and (re)Humanization
The Common Growl

Paul Gilroy

Fordham University Press

This entry begins by looking at Fanon’s case for a post-racial humanism, seeing it not as a desire for universal valuation, but rather as an arduous adjustment of a foundational political ontology. In urging the reader to think beyond the anti-humanism that is so prevalent in thought today, this paper challenges theory, again in the vein of Fanon, to think humanism beyond the epidermalization and racial paradigms that have dominated the discursive structure of the human. In analyzing the colonial, from British atrocities to today’s technological war on terror, and even to Human Terrain, it is possible to see the continuity from a racialized humanism to anti-humanism. The risks posed by such a continuity demonstrate the need for a radical recalibration of the fundamental ontological structures undergirding both humanism and its supposed rejection.

Keywords:   anti-humanism, colonialism, epidermalization, Fanon, humanism, political ontology, technology, War on Terror

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