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Title:The problem of slavery in African studies
Author:Cooper, FrederickISNI
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/181976
Abstract:Review article proceeding from a discussion of the concept of slavery itself, as used in both Africanist and Americanist studies, to a critique of the absorptionist, market, and Marxist approaches. By focusing on the questions of who gained control over slaves, how they used slaves, and how they controlled slaves, it becomes possible to study slavery as part of historical processes, to see how new ways of employing slaves could transform both the balance of political and economic power within a society and the ways people of all groups perceived and interacted with slaves. Most important, it becomes possible to see the forms of slavery not as fixed structures but as interactive processes, shaped by slaves as well as by slave-holders. Notes, ref.