Currently Reading: 2 December 2013

  • Tryon P. Woods – “Surrogate Selves: Notes on Anti-Trafficking and Anti-Blackness” (2013)

Abstract: This essay explores the discursive production of black captivity across the African diaspora in the afterlife of slavery. I take as my objects of analysis the contemporary anti-trafficking and anti-slavery movements, features of the increasing hegemony of human rights discourse for formulating problems of social justice and their remedies. I argue that configuring black captivity-  in this case, the experiences of Nigerian women migrants to Western Europe- through these hegemonic discourses extend, rather than ameliorate, the global structural antagonism of anti-blackness.

Keywords: slavery; anti-blackness; anti-trafficking; modern-day slavery; Nigeria;globalization; racial/sexual violence; black migration

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