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Unformatted text preview: mbolic violence—as something imposed imperceptibly onto a powerless
subject—is anathema to both Fanon's objectives and his method. Hence the moment of blockage or impasse—at which the racialized subject confronts her lack of
saying that such a stifling understanding of "ontological resistance," and corresponding lack of access to reciprocity—represents merely the mid-point of Fanon's analysis. For Fanon, unlike the sociologist
Bourdieu, diagnosis will not suffice, perhaps because the actual violence confronted by racialized and colonized subjects demands more than the diagnosis of the
abstract and universal functions of domination. Fanon's sociogenic method —which sees social structures as generating psychological
and other disorders—entails more than just the epistemological element of sociology.28 While Fanon himself would only fully reach this conclusion some
years later, sociogeny also entails interventionist praxis best summarized—and performed—in Fanon's 1956 letter of resignation from the Blida-Joinville Psychiatric
Hospital in Algeria:The social structure existing in Algeria was hostile to any attempt [through psychiatry] to put the individual back...
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