In a well-known chapter of Peau noire, masques blanc [1952], Franz Fanon argues that the Hegelian master-slave dialectics does not apply to the relation between white, colonial master and black, colonized slave. Some scholars have suggested that Fanon misreads Hegel and thus fails to distinguish the colonial dialectics from the Hegelian. In this article I argue that Fanon's reading of Hegel is accurate and insightful, and that Fanon effectively articulates the colonial situation as one in which, because of racism and the suspension of armed struggle, the very initiation of the dialectics of recognition has been elided.



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