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At the Limits of MemoryLegacies of Slavery in the Francophone World$
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Nicola Frith and Kate Hodgson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381595

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381595.001.0001

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Slavery and Its Legacies

Slavery and Its Legacies

Remembering Labour Exploitation in the Francophone World

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(p.1) Slavery and Its Legacies
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At the Limits of Memory
Author(s):

Nicola Frith

Kate Hodgson

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381595.003.0001

Frith and Hodgson’s opening chapter provides a broad overview of the memorialization of slavery in the Francophone world contrary to the lack of memorialization of other forms of labour exploitation. While introducing the chapters that follow, it foregrounds the overarching aims of the volume, which include the desire to transcend nation-centred memories and to question the limitations of the particular terminologies, iconicities and chronologies that frame memories of slavery. It thus provides an introduction to the multiplicity of memories of slavery in the Francophone world, while also moving beyond slavery towards other forms of colonial labour exploitation. It begins by addressing the problem of definitions of slavery and labour exploitation, before moving on to consider state-led commemorative discourses in a comparative framework. Finally, it stresses the need to move towards a more transnational approach to scholarship in slavery studies, while recognizing and exploring specific sites, histories and identities that have been shaped by the history of French-led slavery and its contemporary legacies.

Keywords:   Slavery, Slave Trade, Labour, Indenture, Memory, Taubira law, Reparations, Francophone, Legacies

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