‘Malleable at the European Will'

British Discourse on Slavery (1784–1824) and the Image of Africans
Product Number: EB00793579
Released: Dec 02, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9783838272733
Publisher: Ibidem Press
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Helmut Meier‘s study of pro- and anti-slavery texts from 1784–1825 focuses on understanding the distinct image of Africans in the British debate on the slave trade and slavery as such. Starting from the premise that, at the threshold from the early to the late modern period, the distinct image of Africans as slaves was instrumental in universalizing a Eurocentric concept of capitalist wage labor both at the colonial centres and margins, Meier argues that, by portraying African slaves as suffering wretches, especially anti-slavery texts created colonial Others in an indistinct zone between inclusion and exclusion from humanity. The discourse on slavery thus constructs African slaves as mimetic Others which could subsequently become the objects of a discourse of colonial reform and ‘betterment.'

Author(s): Helmut Meier
Original Publish Date: Apr 08, 2019

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