Cedric Robinson and the philosophy of Black resistance

A special issue of Race & Class dedicated to one of the world’s outstanding thinkers on the history of Black struggle.

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Professor Robinson, one of the most challenging Black academics in the US, has also had a world-wide impact through his path-breaking book, Black Marxism: the making of the Black radical tradition (1973). This new publication from Race & Class on his life’s work brings together tributes, analyses of his work, reviews and interviews with him from students, colleagues and his teachers. It is a vibrant celebration of the influence of Robinson’s historical method and philosophy in creating both a committed scholarship and a progressive Black tradition within academia.

Cedric Robinson has made a unique contribution to the development of Black Studies in the US and UK through his pioneering work to expose the Eurocentrism within Left scholarship and his retrieval of the radical traditions which preceded Marxism – emphasising, too, the Black social movements rooted in North American and Caribbean traditions.

  • ‘Preface’, by Darryl C. Thomas
  • ‘Introduction’, by A. Sivanandan and Hazel Waters

The Black radical tradition – theory and practice

  • ‘Black studies and the scholarship of Cedric Robinson’, by Darryl C. Thomas
  • ‘Cedric Robinson’s anthropology of Marxism’, by Avery F. Gordon
  • ‘Geniuses of resistance: feminist consciousness and the Black radical tradition’, by H.L.T. Quan
  • ‘Racially subordinate labour within global contexts: Robinson and Hopkins re-examined’, by Kelvin Santiago-Valles
  • ‘Reflections on Black Marxism‘, by Travis Tatum
  • ‘Twenty-five years of the Thirld World News Review‘, by Elizabeth Robinson

The Black radical tradition and the academy

  • ‘The future of radical scholarship’, by Avery F. Gordon
  • ‘Writing in solidarity: the new generation’, by Tiffany Herard
  • ‘Africana studies and the research collective’, by W.F. Santiago-Valles
  • ‘On Cedric Robinson and Black Marxism: a view from the US academy’, by Brenda Gayle Plummer

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