Beyond Coloniality: Citizenship and Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition


Aaron Kamugisha’s Beyond Coloniality: Citizenship and Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition (Indiana University Press, 2019) presents an in-depth exploration of Caribbean radical thought and its place in our contemporary state of affairs in the Anglophone Caribbean and beyond.

Mimi Sheller (author of Citizenship from Below: Erotic Agency and Caribbean Freedom) calls this book “a major study of the intellectual tradition of Caribbean critical thought” in which “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.” She adds, “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.”

Description: 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.

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 InternationalismsCaribbean 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.

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