This book, first published in 1983 by cambridge university press, and now issued for the first time in paperback with a new preface, tells the story of amilcar cabral who, as head of the paigc, guineabissaus nationalist movement, became one of africas foremost revolutionary leaders. Amilcar cabral, cabralism, and africana critical theory reiland rabaka b. Mukandabantu angel mwenda 1983 the political thought of am. His rise as an intellectual dates back to the edgy epoch in the embryotic success of african nationalist movements. At a later stage in this course we will return to amilcar cabral and to the great singlevolume compendium of his work called unity and struggle, recently republished in english in south africa.
Jan 26, 2011 amilcar cabral was born in bafata, guinea bissau, to cape verdean parents in 1924. While the focus here is on cabral and his thoughts, the philosophical lesson is that for any people victimized by oppression, the weapon of theory is an alternative to armed conflict. This article retraces the weapon of theory thesis that was propounded by the charismatic, intellectually gifted and. This article retraces the weapon of theory thesis that was propounded by the charismatic, intellectually gifted and revolutionary leader of the liberation forces of guinea bissau, amilcar cabral. Amilcar cabral political thought research papers academia. Amilcar cabral and the theory of the national liberation. The weapon of theory by amilcar cabral 1966 address delivered to the first tricontinental conference of the peoples of asia, africa and latin america held in havana in january, 1966.
At that point, this group of thoughtleaders across the continent and some in the diaspora were now contending the given of democracy, freedom and equality. Through his framing of theory to explain the condition of the african in his country he became a leading thought powerhouse against the structured subalternity of the african in the global order. National liberation and culture amilcar cabral this text was originally delivered on february 20, 1970. James, negritude aime cesaire and leopold senghor, frantz fanon and amilcar cabral, africana critical theory endeavors to accessibly offer contemporary critical theorists an intellectual archaeology of the africana tradition of critical theory and a muchneeded dialectical deconstruction and.
Theory of revolution and background to his assassination. As part of this revolutionary reawakening, many radical antiimperialist figures are being. In 1966, during the first tricontinental conference in havana, cabral delivered his paper the weapon of theory. Amilcar cabral as a nationalist visionary whose political party, later guerrilla movement, was the only successful military take over of an african colonial territory. Pdf resistance and decolonization by amilcar cabral.
The weapon of theory, a speech at the tricontinental conference in havana, 1966. Access to society journal content varies across our titles. If any of us came to cuba with doubts in our mind about the solidity, strength, maturity and vitality of the cuban revolution, these doubts have been removed by what we have been able to. The weapon of theory, speech given at the first tricontinental conference. A arma da teoria download ebook pdf, epub, tuebl, mobi. Today were going to talk a bit about another important aspect of resistance, which is economic resistance. Amilcar cabral and theory as a weapon of the oppressed. As you comrades know, our struggle is a political struggle because we week to conquer the rights of our people who should be free, sovereign. Amilcar cabral, who was the secretarygeneral of the african party for the independence of guinea and the cape verde islands paigc, was assassinated by portuguese agents on january 20, 1973. Amilcar cabral identity and dignity in context of struggle o the vast accumulation of the capital in a half a dozen countries of the northern hemisphere which was a result of piracy of the confiscation of property of the other people and the ruthless exploitation of he work of these people will not only lead to the monopolization of colonies but to. At the same conference in havana where fidel paid homage to him, cabral delivered 1 of his best known speeches, the weapon of theory. Under his leadership, the paigc liberated threequarters of the countryside of guinea in less than ten years of revolutionary struggle.
The winds of revolution are once again blowing over the african continent. Arguing for what he describes as the weapon of theory, amilcar cabral, founder of the african party for the independence of guinea and cape verde paigc and a major figure in the struggle against portuguese colonial rule in. Drawing on research situated within an artistic practice, the article explores the definitions of soil and erosion that cabral developed as an agronomist, as well as. Being a fantastic diplomat is key to the success of any african leader, but it is twice as important for those leaders from the many small african states in the world system. From the time of his assassination, on january 20, 1973 cabral forever symbolises our determination to freedom as a race and as humanity at large. Address delivered to the first tricontinental conference of the peoples of asia, africa and latin america held in. This speech was originally delivered on february 20, 1970, as part of the eduardo mondlane memorial lecture series at syracuse university, syracuse, new york. Speeches and writings of amilcar cabral, unity and struggle read, pp. Amilcar lopes da costa cabral was a bissauguinean and cape verdean agricultural.
Revolution and the weapon of theory in guinea bissau. Cabral continues by observing the effectiveness of the colonizers hegemonybuilding policies, recognizing this reality, the colonizer who represses or inhibits significant cultural activity on the part of the masses at the base of the social pyramid, strengthens and protects the prestige and the cultural influence of the ruling class at the summit. His mother was a shop owner and hotel worker in order to support her family, especially after she separated from amilcars father by 1929. In the 20th century the socialist culture of war has failed, but there is still much to learn from great revolutionaries such as marx, engels, lenin, mao, che and fidel, as well as the american, french, russian, chinese and cuban revolutions. This text was originally delivered on february 20, 1970. Schiefer, ulrich revolutionary theory and practice.
Apr 25, 2018 amilcar cabral and theory as a weapon of the oppressed. In a companion to african philosophy, edited by kwasi wiredu, 225 230. Cabrals weapon of theory is perhaps more important. If you have access to a journal via a society or association membership, please browse to your society journal, select an article to view, and follow the instructions in this box. Presentation mode open print download current view. Another theory claims that ahmed sekou toure, jealous of cabrals greater international prestige, among. Amilcar cabral and the panafrican revolution ameth lo 5. Introductions, investigations, and interpretations a. Jun 09, 2007 amilcar cabrals theory of class suicide and revolutionary socialism tom meisenhelder meisenhelders 1993 article argues that revolutions in the periphery can only come to fruition via a pettybourgeois leadership which then dissolves itself, and that the working class and peasants are unable to carry out a revolution themselves. Amilcar cabral quotes and sayings page 1 inspiring quotes. Amilcar cabral and africana critical theory thus far in regards to the publication we have now concepts of cabralism. Amilcar cabral and the national liberation movement of. This book is the product of a collection of scholars who have come together to interpret and give new meaning to the life and philosophy of amilcar cabral. The text for this week download linked below is amilcar cabrals speech on national liberation and culture.
Siphamandla zondi, department of political sciences, university of pretoria. The social and political thought of amilcar cabral. In resistance and decolonization, translated by dan wood, 3 42. The argument forwarded in this chapter is that the diplomatic achievements of amilcar cabral provided the groundwork to his success as a modern african leader. As you comrades know, our struggle is a political struggle because we week to conquer the rights of our people who should be free, sovereign which means selfdirectingconquering our lands national independence. Amilcar cabral outstanding leader of african liberation movementa tribute, african communist, vol. From burkina faso to south africa, from burundi to nigeria, we have seen a radicalisation of the workers and the youth and the rise of mass movements that have challenged corrupt capitalist regimes in one country after another. Amilcar cabrals theory of class suicide and revolutionary socialism tom meisenhelder meisenhelders 1993 article argues that revolutions in the periphery can only come to fruition via a pettybourgeois leadership which then dissolves itself, and that the working class and peasants are unable to carry out a revolution themselves. Cabral is among the great figures of our time these texts provide the evidence.
This, for example, is the case with the socalled theory of progressive assimilation of native populations, which turns out to be only a more or less violent attempt to deny the culture of the people in question. One year later, as part of an agreement with fidel castro, cabral sent young guineans to cuba to be trained in medicine, warfare and cinema. In less than twenty years of active political life, cabral led guineabissaus nationalists to the. Feb 08, 2012 the text for this week download linked below is amilcar cabrals speech on national liberation and culture. Jan 12, 20 the weapon of theory is relevant to our course as a whole, and to all our courses, for that matter. Council for the development of social science research in. The weapon of theory is relevant to our course as a whole, and to all our courses, for that matter. Amilcar cabral identity and dignity in context of struggle. His political thought has guided the african response to. The cabral era strategic and foreign policy objectives richard a. Amilcar cabral 19241973 i should just like to make one last point about solidarity between the international working class movement and our national liberation struggle. Amilcar cabral and the concept of revolutionary thoughtpower. Reintroducing amilcar cabral to a new generation of thinkers contains essays that investigate, critique, extend, reaffirm, and elaborate on the work, practice, and history of cabral in order to help channel outrage and reaction into a response rooted in strategy and unity.
Amilcar cabral, cabralism, and africana critical theory. Article information, pdf download for tribe, class and nation. The revolutionary movement from a global culture of war to a global culture of peace is the greatest challenge of the 21st century. The weapon of theory address delivered to the first tricontinental conference of the peoples of asia, africa and latin america held in havana in january, 1966. Cabral studied in portugal with africans from other portuguese colonies. Amilcar cabral and africana critical theory pdf feedback customers havent yet remaining their particular report on the sport, or otherwise read it yet. Amilcar cabral an agronomist before his time carlos schwarz 6. The struggle against our own weaknesses, one expects that his focus is on the struggle against the weaknesses of the national liberation movement which is but one of a few issues that amilcar cabral deals with in his speech the weapon of theory. The weapon of theory amilcar cabral and africana critical theory reiland rabaka 8. As part of this revolutionary reawakening, many radical. It explores his philosophical legacy as a source of living history in todays world a.
In this very title, i established a difference between being a pedagogue of the revolution and being. Meteorisations reading amilcar cabrals agronomy of. Cabral, amilcar 1969a, revolution in guinea selected texts, translated and edited by r. Cabral was born on 12 september 1924 in bafata, guineabissau, to cape verdean mother and father, juvenal antonio lopes da costa cabral and iva pinhel evora, both from santiago, cape verde. In this he says that, national liberation and social revolution are not exportable commodities. This book, first published in 1983 by cambridge university press and now issued for the first time in paperback with a new preface, tells the story of amilcar cabral who, as head of paigc, guineabissaus nationalist movement, became one. Amilcar cabrals theory of class suicide and revolutionary. Amilcar cabral, a littleknown revolutionary intellectual and head of the major nationalist movement fighting the portuguese in their territories of portuguese guine and the cape verde islands, has experienced considerable success as leader of an african independence struggle. Amilcar cabral and the theory of the national liberation struggle. At a later stage in this course we will return to amilcar cabral and to the great singlevolume compendium of his work called unity. If any of us came to cuba with doubts in our mind about the solidity, strength, maturity and vitality of the cuban revolution, these doubts. Amilcar cabral and the theory of the national liberation struggle show all authors. View amilcar cabral political thought research papers on academia. Amilcar cabral and the national liberation movement of guinea.431 131 213 1511 230 340 371 664 1355 80 980 632 206 395 1306 1092 573 1310 615 519 1290 1090 184 292 580 636 864 1379 972 1166 1072 1114 278 1444