Walter Rodney's Intellectual and Political Thought

Walter Rodney's Intellectual and Political Thought

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Placing Rodney's work in the larger tradition of West Indian involvement with continental Africa, Walter Rodney's Intellectual and Political Thought traces the evolution of Walter Rodney's political ideas through biography, analysis of his writings on Africa and the Caribbean, and his political practice. Rooted in transatlantic history and politics, Rodney's intellectual and political thought critiqued the British Empire and capitalism in the diasporic locations of Guyana, Jamaica, London and Tanzania, as well as the processes of recolonisation. A West Indian, Pan-Africanist and Marxist, Walter Rodney functioned in the intellectual tradition of C. L. R. James, Henry Sylvester-Williams, and George Padmore of Trinidad and Tobago, Theophilus Scholes and Marcus Garvey of Jamaica, and the collective force of the Rastafarian movement in Jamaica during the 1950s and 1960s - although his post-colonial-era perspective also set him apart from these earlier figures and movements.However, I must hasten to add that there is no continuity in my life with respect to old acquaintances. ... In due course, I will probably change even that. ... Today, all that matters is the question of action: determined, informed and scientific action against imperialism and its cohorts. Just as Leonardo da Vinci was the archetype of Renaissance Man, so Che Guevara is the ideal of Revolutionary Man. All thatanbsp;...

Title:Walter Rodney's Intellectual and Political Thought
Author:Rupert Lewis
Publisher:Wayne State University Press - 1998


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