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Jane Anna Gordon is associate professor of political science and Africana Studies at University of Connecticut and President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association. Her books include Why They Couldn’t Wait: A Critique of the Black-Jewish Conflict Over Community Control in Ocean-Hill Brownsville, 1967–1971 (2001), Of Divine Warning: Reading Disaster in the Modern Age (2010) and Creolizing Political Theory: Reading Rousseau through Fanon (2014).
Neil Roberts is professor of Africana studies and faculty affiliate in political science at Williams College and an executive officer of the Caribbean Philosophical Association. He is the author of Freedom as Marronage (2015) and editor of the forthcoming A Political Companion to Frederick Douglass.
Chiji Akọma, Associate Professor of English, Villanova University; Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban, Professor Emerita of Anthropology and Education, Rhode Island College; Jane Anna Gordon, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies, University of Connecticut; Paget Henry, Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies, Brown University; Charles W. Mills, John Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy, Northwestern University; Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Rutgers University; Alexis Nouss, Professor of Comparative Literature, Aix-Marseille University; Mickaella Perina, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Nalini Persram, Associate Professor of Social Science, York University; Neil Roberts, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Political Science, Williams College; Sally J. Scholz, Professor of Philosophy, Villanova University
Introduction: The Project of Creolizing Rousseau Jane Anna Gordon and Neil Roberts / 1. Comparative Political Theory, Creolization, and Reading Rousseau through Fanon Jane Anna Gordon / 2. Between Mestiçagem and Cosmopolitanism: Toward a New Social Arithmetic Alexis Nouss / 3. Beyond Négritude and Créolité: On Creolizing the Citizenship Contract Mickaella Perina / 4. Anténor Firmin, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Racial Inequality Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban / 5. Rousseau and Fanon on Inequality and the Human Sciences Nelson Maldonado-Torres / 6. C.L.R. James, Political Philosophy, and the Creolizing of Rousseau and Marx Paget Henry / 7. Rousseau, the Master’s Tools, and Anti-Contractarian Contractarianism Charles W. Mills / 8. Rousseau, Flight, and the Fall into Slavery Neil Roberts / 9. Pacha Mama, Rousseau, and the Femini: How Nature Can Revive Politics Nalini Persram / 10. Virtuous Bacchanalia: Creolizing Rousseau’s Festival Chiji Akoma and Sally Scholz / Bibliography /Authors / Index
This edited volume by Gordon and Roberts contains an introduction, ten essays, and a bibliography. The work attempts to challenge existing barriers in comparative political theory by 'creolizing' Rousseau, or identifying his 'strong resonance' in 'Caribbean thought and politics.' . . . The approach and thematic core of the book holds . . . promise. . . .[and] the attempt to 'enlarge the range of relevant interlocutors' also offers the possibility for the advancement of knowledge. . . .The essays in this collection vary considerably in terms of scope and modes of analysis . . . Chapter 3 (Mickaella Perina) and chapter 8 (Neil Roberts) are significant contributions in their own right. . . .Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate, research, and professional collections.
— Choice Reviews
This excellent volume highlights the strong resonance of Rousseau in Caribbean thought and politics. Through a web of theoretical métissage that challenges traditional modes of Western thought, its contributors recast the work of major Caribbean thinkers like Césaire, James and Fanon through a Rousseauean prism, revisiting historical, political, and social trends in Caribbean thought to highlight the complexities and contradictions of modernity.
— H. Adlai Murdoch, Professor of Francophone Studies and Director of Africana Studies, Tufts University