What is the opposite of freedom? In Freedom as Marronage, Neil Roberts answers this question with definitive force: slavery, and from there he unveils powerful. What is the opposite of freedom? In Freedom as Marronage, Neil Roberts answers this question with definitive force: slavery, and from there he. PDF | A book review of Neil Roberts, Freedom as Marronage (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, ).

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Roberts responds to ,arronage builds on these criticisms through theoretical reflection on the concept of marronagewhose etymology points to the sea, to what it means to be lost at sea from one perspective, stuck on an island in another.

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Freedom as Marronage – Chicago Scholarship

Roberts thus opens up an important avenue for further comparisons with Spanish-American experiences of marronage, as well as with Brazilian Quilombismowhich are not addressed in the book.

When Roberts argues that: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He engages a stunning variety of writers, including Hannah Arendt, W. First, why does slavery remain the root metaphor of Covey If freedom has been a central concept in Western political thought, slavery has long been the dominant metaphor for unfreedom, and since the advent of popular sovereignty the denial of political representation in particular has been framed as a condition akin to enslavement.

Martin Fotta rated it it was amazing Oct 22, Jishnu Guha rated it liked it May 22, It is a non-sovereign state of being whose conception of freedom is shaped by…the experiences of masses. Roberts repeatedly characterizes marronage as the flight from a zone of enslavement.

Du Bois and Frederick Douglass on flight, fugutivity, and freedom. Certainly, Freedom as Marronage proves that Roberts does not write in a tentative voice but always takes his stances boldly. From Slavery to What World?: Insofar as it signals escape from immediate domination, it would help to hear more about how it differs from a liberal concept of emancipation. Five Marronage between Past and Future.


Marronage thus entailed experiments in self-determination as well as inescapable negotiations, accommodations, and compromises. Focusing on this oft-overlooked phenomenon, Williams College associate professor Neil Roberts argues that true freedom is not marronate fixed state but rather a form of perpetual flight.

Neil Roberts, Freedom as Marronage Chicago: At one point Freedom bolsters his argument by quoting a Haitian proverb: This book is not yet featured on Listopia. University of North Carolina Press, In fact, the scholarship on palenques and quilombos in Latin America suggests that the existence of maroon communities of fugitive slaves acted as incentives for better treatment of those who remained enslaved in order to prevent further flights.

All maroons were identified as fugitive slaves. This work is significant for scholars in black studies, Caribbean thought, a philosophy, American studies, critical theory, contemporary political theory, and all those interested in the idea of freedom between past and future.

On the other, he repeatedly characterizes sociogenic freeedom in terms of the will to flee and a state of becoming that have nothing to do with state form. University of California Press,— Roberts rightly reminds us that emancipation from domination should not be conflated with freedom as such.

What is the opposite of freedom? Mar 27, Winnie rated it it was amazing. Refresh and try again. Roberts distinguishes ae what he calls sovereign marronage and sociogenic marronage.

Marronage on this view nial imagesa restructuring of civil society and constitution- disrupts the static conception of slavery and freedom, offering alism On the one hand, he uses regime differences to distinguish one from the other.

Outside the USA, see our international sales information. More hopefully, we might reconsider recent experiments in autonomous democracy without state sovereignty in places such as Mondragon, Chiapas, Buenos Aires, and Rojave, as examples of late-modern marronage.


Freedom as Marronage is instead precisely focused on the capacity for action marornage the enslaved, or more precisely on the potentiality for such action the moment when [End Page ] the enslaved realize that they can resist and begin to contemplate doing so.

I certainly agree, but the question is how? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Beyond limited forms of political imagination encapsulated in investments in the nation-state as the pre-eminent site of freedom, what other contemporary forms of unfreedom can a notion of freedom as the process of flight illuminate or speak marronwge

Freedom as Marronage

He usefully discusses how marronage challenges the liberal fiction of absolute freedom and how it challenges attempts to conflate freedom with state sovereignty.

Nov 26, ralowe rated it it was amazing. Roberts examines the liminal and transitional space of slave escape in order to develop a theory of freedom as marronage, which contends that freedom is fundamentally located within this space—that it is a form of perpetual flight. This raises a broader question about in these societies requires new conceptual tools that are drawn whether sovereignty and marronage are mutually exclusive from their historical and contemporary predicaments.

Yet, as Roberts convincingly shows, modern political thinkers tend to analyze the concept using the freedoms of the powerful and the privileged to inform their conceptual frames. Second, made possible by impersonating a sailor and who remained what conceptions of freedom emerge when, following Angela suspended between slavery and freedom.