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In this module, we explore the concept of nationalism in Garvey’s thought, focusing in particular on: (i) the idea of the global Black nation; (ii) how this idea challenges the Western concept of the nation-state as established in Treaty of Westphalia (1648); (iii) the ‘myth’ of the nation and the idea that nations are an ideological or political tool; (iv) the problem of methodological nationalism; (v) the African continent as a key example of the ‘nonsense of the nation’, as countries in Africa were delineated by Europeans in the Berlin Conference of 1884-5; (vi) the influence of Garveyism on the African continent.
In this course, Professor Kehinde Andrews (Birmingham City University) explores the ideas and politics of Marcus Garvey and the movement of Garveyism. In the first module, we explore Garveyism, Britain, and the concept of the nation-state, focusing in particular on how Garveyism challenges the concept of the nation and the nation-state. In the second module we explore Garvey’s key ideas and political activism, including his ‘Back to Africa’ movement. In the third module, we explore the concept of nationalism in Garvey’s thought, focusing in particular on the idea of the global Black nation, as well as how this idea challenges the Western concept of the nation-state as established in Treaty of Westphalia (1648). In the fourth module we turn to criticisms of Garveyism, including Garvey’s controversial and strategic involvement with the Ku Klux Klan. Then, in the fifth and final module, we outline the fundamental differences between Garveyism and Pan-Africanism.
Kehinde Andrews is Professor of Black Studies at Birmingham City University. Professor Andrews is an academic, activist and author whose books include 'Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century' (2018) and 'Resisting Racism: Race, Inequality and the Black Supplementary School Movement' (2013). He is currently engaged in a project examining the role of Black radicalism in contemporary organising against racial oppression.
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Andrews, K. (2022, June 14). Political Ideas – Marcus Garvey - Nationalism [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/political-philosophy-marcus-garvey/nationalism-a7c92527-d7be-404a-a10b-7829c1121337
Andrews, K. "Political Ideas – Marcus Garvey – Nationalism." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 14 Jun 2022, https://massolit.io/courses/political-philosophy-marcus-garvey/nationalism-a7c92527-d7be-404a-a10b-7829c1121337