Beyond Coloniality

Beyond Coloniality

Citizenship and Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition
Aaron Kamugisha
Distribution: Global except Angola, Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Seychell
Publication date: 02/01/2019
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-03626-1
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Against the lethargy and despair of the contemporary Anglophone Caribbean experience, Aaron Kamugisha gives a powerful argument for advancing Caribbean radical thought as an answer to the conundrums of the present. Beyond Coloniality is an extended meditation on Caribbean thought and freedom at the beginning of the 21st century and a profound rejection of the postindependence social and political organization of the Anglophone Caribbean and its contentment with neocolonial arrangements of power. Kamugisha provides a dazzling reading of two towering figures of the Caribbean intellectual tradition, C. L. R. James and Sylvia Wynter, and their quest for human freedom beyond coloniality. Ultimately, he urges the Caribbean to recall and reconsider the radicalism of its most distinguished 20th-century thinkers in order to imagine a future beyond neocolonialism.

Author Bio

Aaron Kamugisha is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. He is editor of Caribbean Political Thought: The Colonial State to Caribbean Internationalisms, Caribbean Political Thought: Theories of the Post-Colonial State, (with Yanique Hume) Caribbean Cultural Thought: From Plantation to Diaspora, and Caribbean Popular Culture: Power, Politics and Performance, and (with Jane Gordon, Lewis Gordon and Neil Roberts) Journeys in Caribbean Thought: The Paget Henry Reader.


“This much anticipated book reminds us that decolonization is an unfinished, global project, and the richest, most radical thinking on what is required to achieve real freedom for the colonized comes out of the Caribbean. In this luminous meditation on how Sylvia Wynter, C. L. R. James, and their various interlocutors come to understand the modern Caribbean in the world, Kamugisha brings to light the conditions of possibility for the world—a new world in the making. Destined to be a classic.”
 — Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

“Aaron Kamugisha engages with the contradictions of coloniality and the post-colonial condition in the English...Caribbean through critical reading of the work of its major intellectuals. A tour de force that demonstrates how histories embodied in the performances and performatives of the popular and embedded in their poetics and aesthetics produce and reveal the future.”
 — Percy C. Hintzen, author of Global Circuits of Blackness: Interrogating the African Diaspora

“In this major study of the intellectual tradition of Caribbean critical thought, Aaron Kamugisha situates C. L. R. James and Sylvia Wynter in their historical, political, and intellectual context and in relation to a wider field of political and literary interlocutors. We gain a far better understand of not simply what their work says, but of what their work does in the world. Kamugisha shows their relevance for Caribbean radical thought today, and this will make this book widely read and appreciated.”
 — Mimi Sheller, author of Citizenship from Below: Erotic Agency and Caribbean Freedom

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Beyond Caribbean Coloniality

Part 1: The Coloniality of the Present

Chapter 2: The Coloniality of Citizenship in the Contemporary Anglophone Caribbean

Chapter 3: Creole Nationalism and Racism in the Caribbean

Part II: The Caribbean Beyond

Chapter 4: A Jamesian Poeisis? C.L.R. James’s New Society and Caribbean Freedom

Chapter 5: The Caribbean Beyond: Sylvia Wynter’s Black Experience of New World Coloniality and the Human after Western Man

Conclusion: A Caribbean Sympathy