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Unformatted text preview: Technologies of Slavery Black Dispossession & The Making of Bare Life the slave vessel bio-power branding auction block Surveillance and Discipline on and off the Slave Plantation written slave pass wanted poster slave patrols What Does It Mean To Own A Black Body? In what kind of socio-economic circumstances is blackness valued and de-valued? How are social relations shaped by spatial relations? Counter-cultural Production: How does the past raise questions about the present? The making of black human subjects into something rather than someone for the socio- economic imperative of profit. Human devaluation. What does it mean to own a black body? Through overt violence, as well as bureaucratic techniques of surveillance, black people were dehumanized and objectified. Space plays an important role in the making of scaled inequalities. Black Dispossession French Slave Ship La Marie Seraphique 1776 The Trans-Atlantic slave trade economically solidified what blackness meant as a category by creating a dispossessed non-human. EMBARKATION CANOE SLAVE BARRACOON SLAVE VESSEL space of depersonalization a location of violent captivity and categorization The role of trauma and terror: The methods the slaver used to de-humanize African women and men were various tortures and punishments. When he deemed it necessary, the slaver would slaughter a slave so as to inspire terror in the enslaved onlookers. These methods of terrorization succeeded in forcing African people to repress their awareness of themselves as free people and to adopt the slave identity imposed upon them. (hooks p.19) The Role of Trauma and Terror on the Slave Ship: The spectacular nature of torture had two effects: to strike fear into the ships cargo and to constitute the slavers power as the ships sovereign....
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This note was uploaded on 07/20/2010 for the course SOC 308 taught by Professor Kurtz during the Summer '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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