Campbell, John F.
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Department of History and Archaeology
Textualising slavery : From 'slave' to 'enslaved people' in Caribbean historiography
Beyond the blood, the beach and the banana : New perspectives in Caribbean studies
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Traces the origin of the term 'slave' in Caribbean history, and shows how, for the users of the term, notions of cultural and biological inferiority were intimately woven into it. Author bases himself mainly on the plantation letters and books, prominent Jamaican planter/manager Simon Taylor, with correspondences from 1781 to 1783, and the use of the term 'slave' in them. He demonstrates how Taylor specifically used the word 'slave(s)', to denote a working commodity and as an animal/subhuman referent, devoid of personhood. Author argues that the term slave is not defined by contemporary usage, but by these historical, derogatory connotations, as used by slave owners. Therefore, he considers its continued use in Caribbean studies immoral and inappropriate, because it in essence negates the term slaves with 'enslaved people.'....