Retrieving Biko: a Black Consciousness critique of whiteness

  title={Retrieving Biko: a Black Consciousness critique of whiteness},
  author={Derek Hook},
  journal={African Identities},
  pages={19 - 32}
  • D. Hook
  • Published 1 February 2011
  • Sociology
  • African Identities
There is an important history often neglected by genealogies of ‘critical whiteness studies’: Steve Biko's Black Consciousness critique of white liberalism. What would it mean to retrieve this criticism in the context of white anti-racism in the post-apartheid era? Said's (2003) contrapuntal method proves useful here as a juxtaposing device whereby the writings of a past figure can be critically harnessed, travelling across temporal and ideological boundaries to interrogate the present. Four… 
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