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Black. I don’t have a problem with that as a political choice, but to insist that it is the only possibility flies in the
face of a great deal of human experience, and it ignores the history of how modern racial ideas emerged. Link: “Social Death”
Social death epistemology is ahistorical and debilitates our understanding of Blackness
Brown 2009 – professor of history and of African and African American Studies specializing in Atlantic
Slavery (Vincent, “Social Death and Political Life in the Study of Slavery,”
But this was not the emphasis of Patterson’s argument. As a result, those he has inspired have often conflated his exposition of slaveholding ideology with a description
of the actual condition of the enslaved. Seen as a state of being, the concept of social death is ultimately out of place in the political history of slavery. If studies of slavery would account for the outlooks and maneuvers of the enslaved as an
important part of that history, scholars would do better to keep in view the struggle against alienation rather than
alienation itself. To see social death as a productive peril entails a subtle but significant shift in persp...
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- Spring '14