We left the Barbour reading from Module Six thinking about the difficulties of forming a “National identity” and the problems with “linguistic nationalism.” And, we did so in relation to language as moving those difficulties—both in idea as well as in everyday, contemporary practice. In Module Seven we engaged Fanon’s “The Pitfalls of National Consciousness” in TheWretched of the Earth. With it, we see how in the effort to develop a national identity the “national bourgeoisie” use similar tactics as the colonial bourgeoisie as they engage the language of “national consciousness.” That is, for Fanon, in the wake of new-found independence from European, colonialism, the national bourgeoisie seek only to replace the colonial bourgeoisie. They leave the colonial system in tact as they form a national consciousness and this is problematic for Fanon indeed. Recall that in relation to language for Fanon, the National Bourgeoisie construct national identity in a particular way and for a particular purpose. And–while perhaps less directly violent as compared to the colonial bourgeoisie—it is nonetheless not competent socially, economically, local-politically, or institutionally. (Fanon p. 110 ) And, its purpose is not good.
Fanon articulates it as the way of the National Bourgeoisie is not the way of and for the people. Rather it is, as happened in Latin America, semi-colonial. Or, neocolonial.
Provide a response to the following question:
What is the National Bourgeoisie and their role In relation to 1) the colonial bourgeoisie, 2) the peasant class, and 3) themselves? What are some of the more problematic aspects to national consciousness?
In your post be sure to address what Fanon articulates as the neocolonial relation promoted by the national bourgeoisie through, for example, private reserves and tourism. (Pp. 101-103) What effect does this have on them? On the peasant class?
Begin your post with a formal thesis statement and use at least THREE in-text citations of the article.
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