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. What is the opposite of freedom? In Freedom as Marronage, Neil Roberts answers this question with definitive force: slavery, and from there he. PDF | A book review of Neil Roberts, Freedom as Marronage (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, ).
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What Color Is the Sacred? Guerrilla Marketing Alexander L. Freedom as Marronage Neil Roberts. What is the opposite of freedom? In Freedom as MarronageNeil Roberts answers this question with definitive force: 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. 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 frreedom in the light of its critical opposite. Freedom, Neil Roberts answers, cannot be understood without considering the dominant term that opposes freedom in political modernity: In and by marronage, a formerly enslaved person, whether alone or together with others, asserts herself as an agent capable of altering the circumstances and political relations that condition her being.
Certainly, Freedom as Marronage proves that Roberts does not write in a tentative voice but always takes his stances boldly. Marronabe of French and Francophone Philosophy. One of the most valuable features of this book is its self-conscious and explicit drawing on the black slave and post-slave experience—New World African enslavement, marronage of different varieties, the Haitian slave revolution, post-emancipation racial oppression in conditions of nominal freedom—as a resource for political theory.
Black Critical and Cultural Theory. Yet, as Roberts convincingly shows, modern political thinkers tend to analyze the concept using the freedoms of the powerful and the privileged to inform their conceptual frames.
His wager, which pays off spectacularly, is that readers can gain fresh insights by starting with the history of resistance to slavery.
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Rather, it is a detailed and nuanced exploration of the kinds of flight from slavery, their nature, and their limits. The result is a unique contribution to contemporary political thought: It is essential reading for those interested in the history of slavery, the concept of freedom, and critical theory.
Lawrie Balfour, University of Virginia. As he shows, thinking through the legacies of enslavement and the flight from it is essential to understanding freedom in a postcolonial, post-apartheid, post-civil rights moment. Where there is a difference is through dynamics of creolization, of African, European, and indigenous American conceptions of legitimating practices in the struggle for freedom. That the Black slaves chose, for example, the Native American name for the island as the one for their republic is a case in point.
Roberts responds to and builds on these criticisms through theoretical reflection on the concept of marronagewhose etymology points to the sea, to what it means to be lost at sea from one perspective, stuck on an island in another.
It refers to the consciousness of enslaved Africans in the Caribbean, whose hopes to return to Africa home were challenged by the sea in every direction.
Roberts works through Hannah Arendt, Phillip Petit, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Frederick Douglass in a debate marrlnage such topics as the impact of racialized slavery on conceptions of freedom to problems with the dialectics of recognition as the basis of securing freedom and dignity for the self.
Roberts reveals, in Coleridge, a profound existential commitment against bondage and an understanding of freedom that transcends mere liberty.
Freedom as Marronage
This book, then, is an exemplar of the creolization of theory, of theory from the global south reaching beyond the institutional location of its author in northern provinces, to articulate freedom and the quest for human dignity beyond the confines of Euromodernity to the heart and soul of a human world in need of learning much from its always present dark side.
A must read for those interested in knowing, proverbially, otherwise.
But it all depends on whose liberties have been framing your conceptual investigation. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination. Political theorists, historians, philosophers, and cultural critics take heed: Roberts is a thinker to be reckoned with. For mmarronage information, or to order this book, please visit https: Twitter Facebook Youtube Tumblr.