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Freedom as Marronage

Roberts, Neil

Published by The University of Chicago Press
ISBN 10: 022620104X / ISBN 13: 9780226201047
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Title: Freedom as Marronage

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press

Binding: Soft cover

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What is the opposite of freedom? The author answers this question with definitive force: slavery. Examining this overlooked phenomenon - one of action from slavery and toward freedom - he deepens our understanding of freedom itself and the origin of our political ideals. Num Pages: 264 pages, 1 halftone, 1 table. BIC Classification: JFSL3; JPA. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 229 x 152 x 20. Weight in Grams: 376. . 2015. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780226201047

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Synopsis: What is the opposite of freedom? In Freedom as Marronage, Neil Roberts answers this question with definitive force: slavery, and from there he unveils powerful new insights on the human condition as it has been understood between these poles. Crucial to his investigation is the concept of marronage—a form of slave escape that was an important aspect of Caribbean and Latin American slave systems. Examining this overlooked phenomenon—one of action from slavery and toward freedom—he deepens our understanding of freedom itself and the origin of our political ideals.
Roberts examines the liminal and transitional space of slave escape in order to develop a theory of freedom as marronage, which contends that freedom is fundamentally located within this space—that it is a form of perpetual flight. He engages a stunning variety of writers, including Hannah Arendt, W. E. B. Du Bois, Angela Davis, Frederick Douglass, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and the Rastafari, among others, to develop a compelling lens through which to interpret the quandaries of slavery, freedom, and politics that still confront us today. The result is a sophisticated, interdisciplinary work that unsettles the ways we think about freedom by always casting it in the light of its critical opposite.  

About the Author: Neil Roberts is associate professor of Africana studies and a faculty affiliate in political science at Williams College.

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