Slavery and its Legacies: Remembering Labour Exploitation in the Francophone World

Nicola Frith, Kate Hodgson

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Abstract / Description of output

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAt the Limits of Memory
Subtitle of host publicationLegacies of Slavery in the Francophone World
EditorsNicola Frith, Kate Hodgson
Place of PublicationLiverpool
PublisherLiverpool University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9781781381595
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2015

Publication series

NameFrancophone Postcolonial Studies
PublisherLiverpool University Press

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • slavery
  • memory
  • French colonialism
  • indentured labour
  • Haiti
  • reparations


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