Success and failure: Frantz Fanon and Lamine Senghor as (false) prophets of decolonization

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Frantz Fanon has often been hailed as the great prophet of decolonization. At the same time, his most severe critics have accused his work of providing intellectual-political cover for some of the worst excesses of the newly independent regimes. This article builds on David Macey's contextualizing work in order to think in a more general fashion about the processes involved in deeming a given thinker or movement to be either a failure or a success, comparing Fanon's legacy with that of Lamine Senghor, a neglected anti-colonial militant of the interwar period.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-106
Number of pages15
JournalNottingham French Studies
Issue number1
Early online date28 Feb 2015
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2015


  • Frantz Fanon
  • decolonization
  • Lamine Senghor

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