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5.0 out of 5 stars Inter race
Fanon reflects upon the impact of psychological slavery, the belief in an inherent inferiority from a fixed point by which to measure the "lack" in others. His expose of the various inter racial dynamics in order to formulate and exact superiority draws very interestingly from Sartre and Adler. It is in the existential realms that racial demarcation operates. The...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Black Skin, White Masks
Published in 1952, I found it very interesting and, at times, difficult - it was written by the Psychiatrist Frantz Fanon, and uses psychological terms, which I, as a layman, am unfamiliar with. Innovative for its time, and still thought-provoking today; it is French influenced - Fanon was born in Martinique - but many of the concepts can be applied globally...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inter race, 25 May 2014
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Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
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Fanon reflects upon the impact of psychological slavery, the belief in an inherent inferiority from a fixed point by which to measure the "lack" in others. His expose of the various inter racial dynamics in order to formulate and exact superiority draws very interestingly from Sartre and Adler. It is in the existential realms that racial demarcation operates. The first chapter where he talks about how black folk who have been to France retain an aura for those left behind in the colonies is salutary as I note it happens today.

Having worked with a variety of cultures their connection to the "first world" still provides them with an aura which allows them to assume a sense of superiority because they are at the centre of the world. Whereas those left in the "periphery" are perceived as backward. This works to a large extent to the central countries favour. For example in the realms of education, the notion of sending your son/daughter to an English public school has meant they have finally found a place in the world. They can "look after" the children of the super rich. This is because people from the developing world still buy into the English culture. The colonisation of the Imperial value system still has a resounding cadence and being (white) English also has a currency.

Fanon explores how this phenomena occurs drawing on the example of France. He also explores inter-racial relationships and how these are formed by the various habitus' which emerge and delineate what is acceptable and what is not. Within the focus he also looks at money and how they buys people privilege despite their racial heritage.

At first there was some trepidation, but I found this an enjoyable read as it opened up a great deal about the world which is still current fifty years later.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must read, 11 Jan. 2014
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A well written book by the author. I happened to read his book wretched of the earth before purchasing this title. This was a welcomed companion and details the adverse psychological effects of colonialism/racism. As with wretched of the earth it provides some examples of the effects of such systems and discusses ideas on dealing with such forces.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very insightful, 5 Feb. 2014
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Black skin, white mask by Frantz Fanon's is a mind-opening novel for humanity irrespective of race or the color of the skin. This book helped me to come to terms with many of the attitudes around. The author's insights into the psychological damage of the black man from colonialism, incomprehension, self-denial, racism, continuous bitterness and other negative consequences still stand as powerful guides in helping us to grapple with the problems of our world. You read the book to the end and come out of the experienced feeling enlightened and a better person. Black Skin, White Mask, and Disciples of Fortune helps one feel better placed in navigating in our rapidly becoming multicultural world.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read, 11 Dec. 2009
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A book that opens the readers eyes to the devasting effects of slavery and colonialism on the mind of black Africans and highlights why millions of African descended people worldwide are in the mental and emotional condition they are in today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book addresses the unique identity in being black and associated with everything good and not black and associated with evil, 16 Aug. 2014
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Fanon's book tells the story as it is. Sadly the occurences discussed in the book are still evident today though in a more subtle way. Fanon's ideology could be described as the need to be represented as who one choses to be not a representational context of 'one fits all'. The book addresses the unique identity in being black and associated with everything good and not black and associated with evil. It questions 'the ideology of 'universality' and highlights the place of power in the formation of identity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT, 28 July 2014
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This book is so so so brilliant - Only God knows why I hadn't read it earlier. Have even ordered copies for friends! An excellent book.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Black Skin, White Masks, 7 Aug. 2013
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Published in 1952, I found it very interesting and, at times, difficult - it was written by the Psychiatrist Frantz Fanon, and uses psychological terms, which I, as a layman, am unfamiliar with. Innovative for its time, and still thought-provoking today; it is French influenced - Fanon was born in Martinique - but many of the concepts can be applied globally.

A hard read, and I must say, I was still shocked by the use of the N-word, even though it was prevalent at the time of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 25 Nov. 2014
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Beautiful, great edition, arrived in short time!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 25 Sept. 2014
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