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Unformatted text preview: he power of slaveholders, but the very terms and
conditions of social existence. Link: Slave Resistance
Social Death erases the history slave resistances that occurred on the slave ship and
permanently destroys the slaves agency – the lack of analysis of the funerals and
resistance that occurred makes social death perpetual
Vincent Brown 2009 (professor of history and of African and African American Studies “Social Death and Political Life in the
Study of Slavery,” http://history.fas.harvard.edu/people/faculty/documents/brown-socialdeath.pdf ) In fact, the funeral was an attempt to withstand the encroachment of oblivion and to make social meaning
from the threat of anomie. As a final rite of passage and a ritual goodbye, the ceremony provided an outlet for
anguish and an opportunity for commiseration. Yet it also allowed the women to publicly contemplate what
it meant to be alive and enslaved. The death rite thus enabled them to express and enact their social values,
to articulate their visions of what it was that bound them together, made individuals among them unique,
and separated this group of people from others. The scene thus typifies the way that people who have been
pronounced socially dead, that is, utterly alienated and with no social ties recognize...
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