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Unformatted text preview: arable: decolonial violence, as we have seen, is a breaking down of the ontological
walls of being, constructed to exclude certain persons from full access to the category "human," and can share
little in substantive terms with the force that builds those very walls. To judge all "violences" as equal would be to fall into a severe formalism which is both useless and
erroneous: useless through neglect of the functional content of different violences and erroneous through neglect of the fact that formal characterization as "violent" is
always-already tainted by symbolic function.38 Thirdly, if we were tempted to deny the relevance of Fanon's early Hegelian framework in the colonial context, Fanon
himself is quick to remind us: inter-group recognition is the first achievement of this Manichean violence, one which is accomplished long prior to formal liberation
through the colonized turning away from the colonizing master and toward "their only work."39It is here that we see the relationship between violence and the two
stages that Fanon identifies in the decolonization process. For Fanon, the Manichean violence of the first (formal) stage—tinged as it is with r...
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