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By Jane Anna Gordon,Neil Roberts

In 1967, C.L.R. James, the much-celebrated Afro-Trinidadian Marxist, said that he knew of no determine in background who had “such super effect on such generally separated spheres of humanity” inside of many years of his demise because the eighteenth-century thinker Jean-Jacques Rousseau. whereas this effect used to be so much mentioned in innovative politics encouraged by way of political theories that confounded basing political authority in monarchy, aristocracy, and the Church, it prolonged to ecu literature, to philosophies of schooling, and the articulation of the social sciences. yet what fairly struck James approximately Rousseau was once the robust resonance of his paintings in Caribbean notion and politics.

This quantity illuminates those resonances through advancing a creolizing approach to examining Rousseau that figures now not quite often engaged jointly, to create conversations between humans of likely divided worlds in reality entangled by way of colonizing tasks and histories. Doing this permits us to grapple with the that means of creolization and the whole variety of Rousseau’s legacies not just in modern Western Europe and the USA, yet within the Francophone colonies, territories, and bigger international South.

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