Frantz Fanon Essay Abstracts

Abstract Assignment

Due : March 23, 2011 before 13 h, here, on the website, according to your thinker.

The purpose of an abstract is to highlight the principle discoveries you have made in your research in a succinct, concise manner.

  • In one hundred words (100 wds) or less, summarize the main achievements of your paper.  This paragraph must tell us your topic, the kind of research/ evidence used, and YOUR THESIS.  We must know, from reading this document, what your paper argued.
  • See other abstracts (both in scholarly articles and those posted on this class) for examples.
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9 thoughts on “Frantz Fanon Essay Abstracts

  1. The paper will examine the use of torture on the Algerian people by the French during the Algerian war of 1957. The argument of the paper is how torture is justified in countering terrorism by a liberal democracy. As well the paper mentions different torture techniques and the psychological and physical impacts torture has on the oppressor and the oppressed. The subject fits well with Frantz Fanon’s writing Colonial War and Mental Disorders for the reason that it shows the amount of damage torture can inflict on a people.

  2. This essay will discuss two of the torture techniques used by the French Army during the Algerian Revolution which occurred between 1954 and 1962. It will focus on the use of electricity and water torture. This essay will also analyze Frantz Fanon`s view on the torture techniques. Finally, it will argue that the consequence resulting from the tortures were abundant. In order to successfully carry out this essay, both French and English scholarly articles will be used as well as Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth.

  3. This paper will examine the struggle for independence led by Gandhi in India. It will argue that Gandhi’s way of thinking was what is was because of the people he met and the books he read that made a deep impression on him. It will also examine Fanon’s way of thinking as well as some events in his life that brought him to think the way he did when fighting against colonization. It will also argue that, funded on Fanon’s perspective of violence, one of the reasons why Gandhi won the battle against Britain for decolonizing India was because after World War II Britain did not have the power, the energy, the money nor the willingness to keep its colonies any longer.

  4. This paper will examine the effects and the consequences that the French colonial regime had on Vietnam and its population during their time of rule in the late 18th and 19th centuries. The economic prospects sought after by the French colonial authorities in Vietnam resulted in the loss of political independence and national identity of the native people. The brutal and exploitative techniques that the French used to maintain power in Vietnam should have, according to the ideas of Franz Fanon, led the Vietnamese down the violent path of decolonization. Though the Vietnamese did eventually break away from France and regain their political independence, they did not do so through the violent means that Fanon deemed necessary to decolonize.

  5. This essay will discuss the various torture and interrogation techniques developed by the French Army during the Algerian Revolution. This paper will specifically examine three common techniques including rape, water torture and electricity. This essay will also attempt to analyze Frantz Fanon’s views on the torture techniques as well as analyzing the long term consequences they had on prisoners. In order to successfully carry out this essay, both French and English scholarly articles will be used as well as Fanon’s “The Wretched of the Earth.”

  6. This paper will examine the effect of oppression on the oppressed conscious in Algeria as well as in the United States during the Civil Rights movement of the 1950’s to 1970’s. It will evaluate the cycle of the psyche that causes the oppressed to become militant. Using The Wretched of the Earth and scholarly articles I will attempt to make a link between Fanon’s theory of oppression as well as violence in a revolution and advocates of violent revolution during the Civil Rights Era such as Malcolm X. I will argue that both men have similar reason for which they advocate violence.

  7. This paper will examine the relationship between South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the country’s successful transition to democracy. It will argue that South Africa’s TRC allowed there to be healing and reconciliation among a divided society. It will make a connection between Frantz Fanon’s ideas about colonization and its effects on the natives with South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It will show that the psychological wounds experienced by the victims in South Africa were similar to those experienced by the victims in Algeria. It will also link Fanon’s writing on decolonization movements to the TRC’s influence in the transition to democracy in South Africa.

  8. This paper will examine the role that violence played in the African National Congress (ANC) and the Pan-African Congress (PAC) in Apartheid-governed South Africa. It will attempt to explain the clashes between the two groups and any schisms within each group by examining the preparation leading up to the Sharpeville Massacre. It will study the effect that Dutch and British colonizers had on South African society, arguing that the violence displayed by the South Africans was an inevitable reaction to their oppression, as outlined by Frantz Fanon. Furthermore, this paper will argue that the violent protests by the ANC and PAC were not terrorist movements but were necessary in the decolonization of the country and its quest for freedom.

    • This paper will use Frantz Fanon’s ideas to argue that the oppressive Apartheid government in South Africa inevitably birthed violence between the white settlers and the black natives throughout the 50s, 60s, and 70s. It will argue that the peaceful intentions of the Defiance Campaign, Sharpeville Massacre, and Soweto Uprising ended violently, confirming that peaceful struggle does not exist in a state of oppression.

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