"Metaphysical Considerations Can Come Later, But the People Have Children to Feed"

An Interview with Aimé Césaire

in French Politics, Culture & Society
View More View Less
Restricted access

Nineteen eighty-two marked a milestone in the history of Martinique and the career of Aimé Césaire. One year had passed since François Mitterrand's election as president and Césaire's declaration of a "moratorium" on challenging the island's status as a French département (state). Pro-independence violence still rocked the French West Indies. In this interview Césaire discusses the burdens of material dependency, dangers of in- and out-migration, centralizing legacies of France, opportunities afforded by Socialist governance, the need for decentralization, and the future of Martinican identity. The interview reveals Césaire's strategic flexibility within inviolate principles, his unique capacity to channel his people's psyche, his keen recognition of the relationship between nationalism and economics, and his sensitivity to micropolitics and intra-island differences.


All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 72 27 0
Full Text Views 8 3 0
PDF Downloads 8 3 0