Being a Slave

Histories and Legacies of European Slavery in the Indian Ocean

About this book

Being a Slave brings together scholars and writers who try to come to terms with the histories and legacies of European slavery in the Indian Ocean. This volume discusses a variety of qualitative data on the experience of being a slave in order to recover ordinary lives and, crucially, to place this experience in its Asian local context. Building on the rich scholarship on the slave trade, this volume offers a unique perspective that embraces the origin and afterlife of enslavement as well as the imaginaries and representations of slaves rather than the trade in slaves itself.
From Cape to Batavia, slavery is understood as a diffuse practice. This approach helps unearth 18th and 19th century experiences of being a slave in the Indian Ocean world, but also sheds light on continuities in bondage into the present. Contributors face an often hostile archive to extract traces of the lived experience of slavery in court records, petitions or private letters. They also listen to local voices by prying unexplored primary sources such as oral histories, memories and objects.

Alicia Schrikker is Senior Lecturer in colonial and global history at Leiden University. She works on everyday colonialism in the Indian Ocean throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, through a focus on sites and moments of exchange and interaction. She was the editor (with L.J. Touwen) of Promises and Predicaments. Trade and Entrepreneurship in Colonial and Independent Indonesia in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Nira Wickramasinghe is a historian and Professor of Modern South Asian Studies at Leiden University, where she is also Academic Director of Research at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS). Her most recent books are Sri Lanka in the Modern Age. A History and Metallic Modern. Everyday Machines in Colonial Sri Lanka.

‘Being a Slave is a welcome addition to the literature on slavery and its legacy in the Indian Ocean world, and Schrikker and Wickramasinghe are to be commended for assembling an interesting and often provocative collection of articles that will challenge historians of slavery within and beyond the Indian Ocean to draw on the insights that cognate disciplines can provide.’ – Richard B. Allen in Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Format: Paperback

Pages: 292

Illustrated: Yes

ISBN Print: 9789087283445

ISBN ePUB: 9789400603776

ISBN ePDF: 9789400603769

Published: 30 September 2020

Language: English

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Price 52.50

‘Being a Slave is a welcome addition to the literature on slavery and its legacy in the Indian Ocean world, and Schrikker and Wickramasinghe are to be commended for assembling an interesting and often provocative collection of articles that will challenge historians of slavery within and beyond the Indian Ocean to draw on the insights that cognate disciplines can provide.’

'Deze bundel van groot belang voor het historiografische veld van slavernij. Het boek is vernieuwend en verfrissend in het samenbrengen van geschiedenis en erfenis, theorie en methode, en de verschillende bronnen en onderzoeksdisciplines. Het zou verplichte stof moeten zijn voor iedereen die de lange geschiedenis van slavernij en onvrijheid in deze enorme en belangrijke regio van de wereld onderzoekt.'

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