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Achille Mbembe : subject, subjection, and subjectivity

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dc.contributor.advisor Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Sabelo J. Sithole, Tendayi 2014-11-06T11:36:23Z 2014-11-06T11:36:23Z 2014-09
dc.identifier.citation Sithole, Tendayi (2014) Achille Mbembe : subject, subjection, and subjectivity, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the political thought of Achille Mbembe. It deploys decolonial critical analysis to unmask traces of coloniality with regard to the African existential conditions foregrounded in the conception of the African subject, its subjection, and subjectivity. The theoretical foundation of this thesis is decolonial epistemic perspective—the epistemic intervention that serves as a lens to understand Mbembe’s work and—that is the theoretical foundation outside the Euro-North American “mainstream” canon foregrounded in coloniality. Decolonial epistemic perspective in this thesis is deployed to expose three kinds of coloniality in Mbembe’s work, namely: coloniality of power, coloniality of knowledge and coloniality of being. The thrust of this thesis is that Mbembe’s political thought is inadequate for the understanding of the African existential condition in that it does not fully take coloniality into account. In order to acknowledge the existence of coloniality through decolonial critical analysis, the political thought of Mbembe is examined in relation to modes of self-writing, power in the postcolony, the politics of violence in Africa, Frantz Fanon’s political thought, and the idea of South Africa as major themes undertaken in this thesis. Decolonial critical analysis deals with foundational questions that have relevance to the existential condition of the African subject and the manner in which such an existential crisis can be brought to an end. These foundational questions confront issues like—who is speaking or writing, from where, for whom and why? This thesis reveals that Mbembe is writing and thinking Africa from outside the problematic ontology of the African subject and, as such, Mbembe precludes any form of African subjectivity that challenges the Euro-North American canon. This then reveals that Mbembe is not critical of coloniality and this has the implications in that subjection is left on the wayside and not accounted for. Having explored the genealogy, trajectory and horisons of decolonial critical analysis to understand the political thought of Mbembe, this thesis highlights that it is essential to take a detour through the shifting of the geography of reason. Herein lies the originality of this thesis, and it is here that Africa is thought from within a standpoint of decolonial critical analysis and not Africa that is thought from the Euro-North American canon. Therefore, the shifting of the geography of reason is necessary for the authorisation of the subjectivity of the African subject in order to combat subjection. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xii, 437 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Africanity en
dc.subject Colonialism en
dc.subject Coloniality en
dc.subject Decoloniality en
dc.subject Empire en
dc.subject Fanon en
dc.subject Fetishism en
dc.subject Locus of enunciation en
dc.subject Necropower en
dc.subject Populism en
dc.subject Racism en
dc.subject Subject en
dc.subject Subjection en
dc.subject Subjectivity en
dc.subject War machines en
dc.subject Violence en
dc.subject.ddc 327.1096
dc.subject.lcsh Mbembe, Achille, 1957- en
dc.subject.lcsh Racism -- Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Blacks -- Race identity -- Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Race discrimination -- Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Africa -- Colonization en
dc.subject.lcsh Decolonialization -- Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Africa -- Politics and government en
dc.subject.lcsh Postcolonialism -- Africa en
dc.title Achille Mbembe : subject, subjection, and subjectivity en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Political Sciences en D. Litt. et Phil. (African Politics)

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