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Brown Skin, White Masks

Dabashi picks up where Franz Fanon left off, examining the negative influence of intellectual immigrants as facilitators of American imperialism.
Brown Skin, White Masks
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In this unprecedented study, Hamid Dabashi provides a critical examination of the role that immigrant
"comprador intellectuals" play in facilitating the global domination of American imperialism. In his pioneering book about the relationship between race and colonialism, "Black Skin, White Masks," Frantz Fanon explored the traumatic consequences of the sense of inferiority that colonized people felt, and how this often led them to identify with the ideology of the colonial agency." Brown Skin, White Masks "picks up where Frantz Fanon left off. Dabashi extends Fanon's insights as they apply to today's world.Dabashi shows how intellectuals who migrate to the West are often used by the imperial power to inform on their home countries. Just as many Iraqi exiles were used to justify the invasion of Iraq, Dabashi demonstrates that this is a common phenomenon, and examines why and how so many immigrant intellectuals help to sustain imperialism.The book radically alters Edward Said's notion of the "intellectual exile," in order to show the negative impact of intellectual migration. Dabashi examines the ideology of cultural superiority, and provides a passionate account of how these immigrant intellectuals — homeless compradors, and guns for hire — continue to betray any notion of home or country in order to manufacture consent for imperial projects.
Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is the author of, among other works, the acclaimedAuthority in Islam: From the Rise of Muhammad to the Establishment of the Umayyads. He is also the editor of Transaction's Middle East Studies series.
Introduction 1. Brown Skin, White Masks 2. On Comprador Intellectuals 3. Literature and Empire 4. The House Muslim Conclusion: Confusing the Color Line Notes Index
"The great value of Dabashi's book rests in unmasking the dubious role "native informers" play in U.S. society....["Brown Skin, White Masks"] will hopefully have a similar revolutionizing impact like Fanons famous "Black Skin, White Masks"." -- Ludwig Watzal, "International News Magazine"
Author
Hamid Dabashi
Short Title
BROWN SKIN WHITE MASKS
Publisher
Pluto Press (UK)
Language
English
ISBN-10
0745328741
ISBN-13
9780745328744
Media
Book
Format
Hardcover
Year
2009
Publication Date
2009-07-31
Series
Islamic Mediterranean
DEWEY
305.8
Residence
US
Birth
1951
Affiliation
Columbia University
Imprint
Pluto Press
Place of Publication
London
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Pages
176
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