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Caribbean CritiqueAntillean Critical Theory from Toussaint to Glissant$
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Nick Nesbitt

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318665

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318665.001.0001

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Aimé Césaire and the Logic of Decolonization

Aimé Césaire and the Logic of Decolonization

(p.86) CHAPTER THREE Aimé Césaire and the Logic of Decolonization
Caribbean Critique

Nick Nesbit

Liverpool University Press

Analyzes Césaire's contribution to the struggle for decolonization. Argues that the 1946 law for the ‘Departmentalization’ of Guadeloupe, Martinique, and French Guyana constituted a singular form of decolonization. This measure was quintessentially ‘black Jacobin’ in its faith that social justice for the subjects of French colonialism could be achieved by their full integration as subjects of an egalitarian, democratic republic. Chapter reviews many of Césaire's lesser known political writings from 1937-1975, arguing that taken as a whole they demonstrate Césaire's continued commitment, well-beyond 1956, to a non-aligned, tricontinental communism.

Keywords:   Aimé Césaire, Departmentalization, Negritude, René Ménil, Retour de Guyane, Tricontinental Communism, Decolonization

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