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Creolizing Political Theory: Reading Rousseau through Fanon

Jane Anna Gordon


Asking whether one can develop an approach to studying political life that reflects its heterogeneity, Jane Anna Gordon offers the creolization of political theory as a viable response. Creolization, she argues, describes mixtures that were not supposed to have emerged in the plantation societies of the Caribbean but did through their capacity to exemplify living culture, thought, and political practice. In so doing, they provide a useful way of understanding similar processes that continue today, namely of one potential outcome when people who were previously strangers find themselves as uneq ... More

Keywords: Creolization, political theory, multiculturalism, Rousseau, Fanon, decolonial methodologies, democratic legitimacy, Caribbean, comparative political theory, political science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823254811
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823254811.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane Anna Gordon, author
University of Connecticut at Storrs