Beyond Boundaries: C.L.R. James: Theory and Practice by Christopher Gair

By Christopher Gair

This publication brings jointly best critics to discover the paintings of CLR James, the world-famous Caribbean highbrow. it truly is an exhilarating and leading edge exam of the large impression that CLR James has had on modern concept -- as a historian, novelist, cultural and political theorist and activist. The members reinvigorate James's inspiring serious output, with specific connection with the influence he has had on cultural reports. useful for college students of post-colonial reports, the ebook examines issues the place James crosses with different theorists, corresponding to Lacan and Gramsci. Racial id and cultural politics are key issues in his paintings, let alone his specified writings on cricket. members together with Donald E Pease, Nicole King, Christopher Gair and Anthony Bogues remove darkness from the foremost subject matters in James's writing, and recommend the concept the breath of James's pondering may be pointed out because the starting of 'post-national' reports.

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96–7). James’s view of abolitionism also articulates his anti-vanguardist politics with his commitment to showcasing black presence and agency in the modern world. Abolitionism starts, James argues, with black resistance to slavery. Black people are at the centre of this social movement; abolitionists are only successful to the extent that they can learn from and articulate the concerns of an established struggle (p. 85–7). James also seeks to redefine the very concept of citizenship in the text in a way consistent with his revolutionary vision.

James had also been encouraged by Trotsky to go to the United States to encourage African-Americans to join the revolutionary movement. Early in the 1940s, after travelling through the American South and participating in a sharecroppers’ strike in Mississippi, he began to view contemporary African-Americans as being at the centre of revolutionary change. 7 James’s critique of totalitarianism in American Civilization as a general problem of modernisation, as well as his focus on the revolutionary potential in the ‘practical activities’ of the proletariat, stem not just from the anti-Stalinist left’s general aversion to bureaucratisation, but also from the specific anti-statist and ultimately anti-vanguardist platform that he and his colleagues in the Johnson–Forest Tendency – namely Raya Dunayevskaya, Martin Glaberman, and Grace Lee – had been developing through the 1940s.

191. 13. James would almost immediately be attracted to Trotskyism upon arrival in the UK in 1932 – a predictable attraction since, as a member of the Labour Party in England, he was often drawn to its leftmost tendencies. R. James (London: Pluto, 1997), p. 28. 14. R. R. R. James: A Critical Introduction (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1997). 15. R. James, ‘Paul Robeson: Black Star’, in Spheres of Existence (London: Allison and Busby, 1980) 261–2. 16. , p. 259. 17. R. James, p. 57. 18.

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