Journal of
Philosophy and Culture

  • Abbreviation: J. Philos. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 0855-6660
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPC
  • Start Year: 2004
  • Published Articles: 57

Article in Press

A critique phenomenon of Cultural Resistance in “On the post-colony” of Achille Mbembé.

Saiba Bayo

  •  Received: 23 November 2018
  •  Accepted: 16 January 2019
The main purpose of this paper bears in the intuition that Africa’ post-colonial phenomena are deeply grounded in its colonial legacy without having, whatsoever, “banished” the traditional heritage that characterises African societies. By drawing on the growing field of political philosophy, I followed a critical and constructive dialogue to disentangle and make understandable the plurality of Africa society and thought. My purpose in this paper is to tackle, straightforwardly, Mbembé's work in “On the post-colony” from the perspective of cultural resistance. I challenge Mbembé’s analyses since it seems that his critique of the African postcolonial subject seems philosophically ambiguous and methodologically biased. Despite Mbembé’s criticism and rejection of the Western imaginary of Africa, he could not avoid himself the temptation of creating a new Africa from his own image when analysing the postcolonial dynamics of Africans, stripped of any cultural identity, any autonomy, any authenticity even any possibility of emancipation through the recovering of their being-in-the-wold. I argue that it is plausible and desirable to advocate an analysis circumscribed on African cultural identities and cultural resistance. Therefore, my attempts in this paper are to rethink about what African cultural resistance could have been and how can we incorporate it into our epistemic perspectives.

Keywords: Postcolonialism, Sub-saharan Africa, Achille Mbembé, culture, and resistance, violence and resistance, Postcolony,