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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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Freedom as Marronage

If the price of flight is fugitivity and the consequence of founding is complicity, marronage may not serve as the most robust model for an emancipatory politics that seeks to establish a society within which substantive freedom could be universally practiced and marronae. Beyond merely securing state sovereignty, Roberts argues, this type of marronage transforms the very basis of the social order.

Certainly, Freedom as Marronage proves that Roberts does not write in a tentative voice but always takes his stances boldly. Places such as Palestine, Greece, Martinique, and Puerto Rico could be understood as confronting the maroon predicament. Preview — Freedom as Marronage by Neil Roberts.

But insofar as independent Haiti enjoyed only a provisional and conditional freedom, with respect to a hostile global order organized around racial capitalism, plantation slavery, and imperial extraction, it might indeed fresdom understood as an ongoing experiment in marronage.

Insofar as it signals the founding of a new order that institutes real freedom, it would help to hear more about the kinds of sociopolitical arrangements this might entail. Of Filiation and Freedom. Refresh and try again. For more information, or to order this book, please visit https: Marronage thus entailed experiments in self-determination as well as inescapable negotiations, accommodations, and compromises.


But he does not specify how flight and founding do or should relate to one another within his normative concept of marronage. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Freedom as Marronage, Roberts

Rather, it is a detailed and nuanced exploration of the kinds of flight from slavery, their nature, and their limits. In and by marronage, a formerly enslaved person, whether alone or together with others, asserts herself mzrronage an agent capable of altering the circumstances and political relations that condition her being.

From Slavery to What World?: Roberts uses sociogenic to refer both to a type of marronage and an approach to studying it. Contact Contact Us Help.

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In so doing it makes an important intervention in political theory, as well as African Diaspora Studies. Marronage refers to the sociogenic marronage—to capture the maroon legacies of communities of former slaves and fugitives that existed at the revolution. He reads this as a comment on the probability of flight as well as the difficulties and creative frictions produced by ongoing mobility.

But doing so would seem to require us to start from the peculiar forms of freedom that were shaped by the particular conditions of flight and founding that have historically defined maroon communities and practices.

Focusing on this oft-overlooked phenomenon, Williams College associate professor Neil Roberts argues that true freedom is not a fixed state but rather a form vreedom perpetual flight. This orientation should be conveyed by any attempt to reonceptualize freedom as marronage.

Return to Book Page. These are questions worth grappling with. What emerges is an innovative Roberts develops two concepts—sovereign marronage and account of freedom as marronage. Sheikh Tajamul rated it really liked it Oct 28, It is one thing to treat marronage as an insightful sociological description of the historical situation in which so many New World blacks risked death to found communities of relative freedom under duress.


Part Two Slave Theorists of Freedom.

Her research interests span comparative political theory, political solidarity, and multiculturalism. Hardcoverpages.

In such a world, the aim cannot be simply to flee with the goal of escape but to confront and inhabit the predicament. And for many fugitive slaves cal life Sheller It would privilege ordinary people over the lawgiver, the government, or the legal order.

First, why does slavery remain the root metaphor of Covey In fact, the scholarship on palenques and quilombos in Latin America suggests that the existence of maroon communities of fugitive slaves acted as incentives for better treatment of those who remained enslaved in order to prevent further flights.

In Freedom as MarronageNeil Roberts answers this question with definitive force: Roberts seeks to develop a dynamic and relational theory of freedom that points beyond liberal faith in the absence of external fgeedom. Freedom as Marronage is instead precisely focused on the capacity for action of the enslaved, or more precisely on the a for such action the moment when [End Page ] the enslaved realize that they can resist and begin to contemplate doing so.

What is the opposite of freedom? Mohammad Mia rated it really liked it Nov 16,