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Brocker I 924
Emancipation/Membe/Herb: Emancipatory politics cannot be made with Mbembe's postcolony. He thus joins those representatives of postcolonialism who combine their political abstinence with an ethical turn(1).
VsMbembe: Similar to Mudimbe and Spivak, Mbembe obviously finds it difficult to design political strategies for the time after. At any rate, according to a disappointed critic (Hiddleston 2009(2)), he does not show a way to liberate dehumanized Africa. In the young history of ideas of post-colonialism, one must therefore count his work among the anxious, ambivalent and worried designs. In the end, Mbembe was content with a mere ethical criticism of the violence of representation (Hiddleston 2009(2), 176).
Brocker I 925
And indeed, his analysis of the present suggests the suspicion that what is saving post-colonial Africa must come not from danger, that is, from its own forces, but from outside. >Nihilism/Mbembe.


1. Achille Mbembe, De la postcolonie. Essai sur l’imagination politique dans l’Afrique contemporaine, Paris 2000. Dt.: Achille Mbembe, Postkolonie. Zur politischen Vorstellungskraft im Afrika der Gegenwart, Wien/Berlin 2016
2. Hiddleston, Jane, Understanding Postcolonialism, Stocksfield 2009.

Karlfriedrich Herb, „Achille Mbembe, Postkolonie (2000)“. In: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018


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Mbembe, Achille
Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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