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Title:Maroonage and its legacy in Mauritius and in the colonial plantation world
Author:Allen, Richard B.ISNI
Periodical:Outre-mers: revue d'histoire
Geographic term:Mauritius
Subjects:contract labour
External link:https://doi.org/10.3406/outre.2002.3985
Abstract:Studies of fugitive slaves have frequently failed to ask important questions about maroonage, and especially about the extent to which and why maroon activity changed through time. Similar problems characterize much of the work on the 'new system of slavery' that developed during the nineteenth century as indentured labourers from India and Asia replaced slaves as field hands in much of the colonial plantation world. The Mauritian case study makes it possible to look beyond the scholarly preoccupation with the legal and quasi-legal dimensions of labour control and resistance in colonial plantation systems and examine the nature and dynamics of illegal absence, desertion, and vagrancy in a more comprehensive framework. Notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]