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The Postcolonial ContemporaryPolitical Imaginaries for the Global Present$
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Jini Kim Watson and Gary Wilder

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823280063

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823280063.001.0001

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Mysterious Moves of Revolution: Specters of Black Power, Futures of Postcoloniality

Mysterious Moves of Revolution: Specters of Black Power, Futures of Postcoloniality

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(p.77) Three: Mysterious Moves of Revolution: Specters of Black Power, Futures of Postcoloniality
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The Postcolonial Contemporary
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Sharad Chari

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823280063.003.0004

This chapter begins with C.L.R. James’ quip on considering the passage of his ideas to South Africa, that “revolution moves in mysterious ways its wonders to perform.” From a reading of James’ Black Jacobins the paper shifts to a diagnosis of four dialectical moments in anti-apartheid Durban, South Africa. The ‘moment of the disqualified’ exemplifies best what James (citing Hegel) calls “the seriousness, the suffering, the patience and the labour of the negative.” Emerging from this detour through the rough and tumble of revolutionary Durban, through the making and unmaking of coalitional Black politics, the paper connects the critique of the essential Black political subject with the work of reimagining revolution against racial capitalism. The key argument is that a postcolonial politics to come must circuit through the insights of the Black radical tradition, while stretching the spectre of Black Power into new, and newly creolized futures.

Keywords:   Black Power, Black radical tradition, C.L.R. James, Creolization, Postcoloniality, racial capitalism, revolution, South Africa

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