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Fugitive Modernities

Kisama and the Politics of Freedom

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During the early seventeenth century, Kisama emerged in West Central Africa (present-day Angola) as communities and an identity for those fleeing expanding states and the violence of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The fugitives mounted effective resistance to European colonialism despite-or because of-the absence of centralized authority or a common language. In Fugitive Modernities Jessica A. Krug offers a continent- and century-spanning narrative exploring Kisama's intellectual, political, and social histories. Those who became Kisama forged a transnational reputation for resistance, and by refusing to organize their society around warrior identities, they created viable social and political lives beyond the bounds of states and the ruthless market economy of slavery. Krug follows the idea of Kisama to the Americas, where fugitives in the New Kingdom of Grenada (present-day Colombia) and Brazil used it as a means of articulating politics in fugitive slave communities. By tracing the movement of African ideas, rather than African bodies, Krug models new methods for grappling with politics and the past, while showing how the history of Kisama and its legacy as a global symbol of resistance that has evaded state capture offers essential lessons for those working to build new and just societies.

Product code: 9781478001546

ISBN 9781478001546
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H229xW152
No. Of Pages 280
Publisher Duke University Press
Jessica A. Krug traces the history and meaning of Kisama-a seventeenth-century fugitive slave community located in present-day Angola-by showing how it operated as a inspirational global symbol of resistance for fugitives on both sides of the Atlantic.