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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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Cartographies of Memory, Politics of Emancipation

Cartographies of Memory, Politics of Emancipation

(p.229) Cartographies of Memory, Politics of Emancipation
At the Limits of Memory

Françoise Vergès

Liverpool University Press

In this concluding chapter, Françoise Vergès offers a global overview of the politics of memory related to slavery and the slave trade across the Francophone world. She opens up a number of important questions that remain unanswered: why, given the proliferation of memorial initiatives, do they so often remain empty of real social content or function? Why are on-going racial hierarchies and socio-economic inequalities not addressed? Why does the institutionalized memorialization of slavery not recognize the myriad other legacies of brutal exploitation and colonial violence? This ‘political turn’ in Vergès’s work involves looking at slavery and indenture as part of a long history of European imperialism, predatory economics and racial cartographies, with the aim of opening up debate on social justice, equality and human rights, as well as calling for debate on reparations and public policy.

Keywords:   Politics, Memory, Slavery, Indenture, Colonial, Imperialism, Race, Reparations

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