Creolizing Rousseau


Edited by Neil Roberts, associate professor of Africana Studies and faculty affiliate in political science, and Jane Anna Gordon. Rowman & Littlefield InternationalDecember 2014. Afro-Trinidadian Marxist C.L.R. James was struck by the the strong resonance of Rousseau’s work in Caribbean thought and politics. This volume illuminates these resonances by advancing a creolizing method of reading Rousseau that couples figures not typically engaged together to create conversations among people of seemingly divided worlds in fact entangled by colonizing projects and histories. This leads to consideration of the meaning of creolization and the full range of Rousseau’s legacies not only in contemporary Western Europe and the United States, but in the Francophone colonies, territories, and the larger Global South.