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Categories of Intellectuals by Carol Boyce Davies

I recently read this categorization of intellectuals by Carol Boyce Davies in her biography of black Communist Claudia Jones and thought you might be interested. The Gramscian binary of the traditional intellectual and the organic intellectual is expanded by three descriptions: ‘the co-opted liberal intellectual’ posture, which never sees knowledge as moving into transforming action; ‘the accommodationist-reformist’ intellectual, who aligns her/himself with popular struggles but cannot communicate with people the ideas of the academy; and the ‘guerrilla intellectual’ in the tradition of Walter Rodney, whose scholarship, life, and activism were all organized for transformative intent. Our contemporary U.S.-based realities reveal Read more