Cassano's book furnishes a theoretical and sociohistorical map whereby marginality, silence, difference, and other forms of cultural suppression can finally articulate a discourse aimed not solely at deconstructing Northern European modernity, but at shaping a new understanding of the complex relation between peoples, cultures and the environment. These perspectives have long been locked up in the Souths of the world, and in the Mediterranean in particular.-Peter Carravetta
Franco Cassano Il pensiero meridiano was a pioneer work of today's talks and debates on the Global South. His insightful thoughts and clear prose remind us that the Southern Question includes Europe and the US and not only the ex-Third World. From Gramsci's Southern Question to Cassano's Il pensiero meridiano and to Roberto Dainotto Europe (In Theory), a powerful genealogy of geopolitics of knowledge is a trade mark of Italian de-colonial thinking. This translation is a welcome and needed contribution to enlarge the spectrum of European critical thoughts.-Walter Mignolo
This remarkable translation of Franco Cassano's Southern Thought,supplemented by other essays on the Mediterranean, offers to theEnglish speaking world the long awaited and much needed access to one of the most original and provocative minds of our times. Written with verve, intelligence and passion against all fundamentalisms, religious and economic alike, Cassano's pages are as invaluable to scholars inthe growing field of Mediterranean Studies as they will be stimulating to the general reader.-Roberto Dainotto
About the Author
Franco Cassano, is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Bari. Norma Bouchard is Associate Professor of Italian Studies and Chair of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Connecticut. Valerio Ferme is Associate Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at the University of Colorado.