Sam Coombes offers a detailed analysis of Glissant's thought, setting out the reasons why Glissant's vision for a world of intercultural interaction both reflects but also seeks to provide a correction to some of the leading tendencies commonly associated with contemporary theory today.
PART ONE: Later Glissantian Thought as Alternative Perspective on Globalisation
Chapter 1. Poetics of Relation (1990): a Manifesto for the 21st Century?
Chapter 2. From Relation to the 'common-place': the Later Glissantian Conceptual Schema
PART TWO: Creolisation, Anti-Universalism and Twenty-First Century Radical Thought
Chapter 3. Creolisation and Creoleness: Proximity and Divergence
Chapter 4. The Paradoxes of Universalism and the Ambivalence of the Postcolonial condition
Chapter 5. Glissant: Postmodernist Apologist for Neoliberal-led Globalization?
Chapter 6. Glissant's latter-day Political Commitments
PART THREE: Envisioning the Twenty-First Century Otherwise: Utopianism, Anarchism and the Critique of Neoliberalism
Chapter 7. Globalization and Its Critics: Neoliberalism, Alter-Globalization and Contemporary Anarchism
Chapter 8. A Poetics of Resistance and Change: Glissant, a Maître à penser for 21st Century Dissident Thought?
“Coombes's chronological engagement with the texts provides a well-informed theoretical panorama of Glissant and of postcolonialism, globalism, and immigration in emerging, modern, multifaceted societies ... Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty.” – CHOICE
“Arguing that the tension between minoritarian and hegemonic cultures is at the heart of Edouard Glissant's entire theoretical enterprise, Coombes offers us a spirited and informed refutation of charges of political quietism in Glissant's later works. Far from being a sign of political naïveté, the utopian nature of Glissant's political thought is shown to be a necessary prelude to a new progressive, liberatory politics. This is a welcome introduction to the ideas of a major contemporary political theorist.” – J. Michael Dash, Professor of French Literature, Thought and Culture, New York University, USA,
“To divide the thought of Edouard Glissant into an early period of Caribbean radical politics on the one hand and a mature phase advancing a depolitized cosmopolitan life of the mind on the other distorts Glissant's legacy. Sam Coombes rescues Glissant from facile naysayers upholding this misrepresentation. He does so through examination of the late Glissant on creolization, immigration, neoliberal political economy, negotiations of universalism and particularism, and visions of human existence that acknowledge nation-state politics while also providing alternative futures for everyday people to resist enslaving dynamics of globalization. A single word captures that project's implication: freedom.” – Neil Roberts, President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association and Associate Professor of Africana Studies, Williams College, USA,