This book provides a series of pioneering studies, by experts in the field, on resistance to forms of bondage in Africa, Asia and the Indian Ocean world. It analyses the causes, duration and structure of resistance, from go-slows to flight, and theft to sabotage. It also examines the reaction to resistance by the propertied classes and assesses to what degree, if any, resistance was effective in alleviating the nature of bondage. The case studies, drawn from a wide spectrum of geographical areas and historical eras, underscore similarities and contrasts across the Africa-Asian regions. Summaries of these and a comparison with the much more publicized Atlantic system make this volume essential reading for scholars and students across a broad spectrum of disciplines and area studies.
This book was previously published as a special issue of the journal Slavery and Abolition.
Table of Contents
1. Slavery, Forced Labour and Resistance in Indian Ocean Africa and Asia. Gwyn Campbell and Edward A. Alpers. 2. A Serious and Alarming Daily Evil: Marronage and Its Legacy in Mauritius and the Colonial Plantation World Richard B. Allen. 3. The Idea of Marronage: Reflections on Literature and Politics in Re´union. Edward A. Alpers. 4. Resisting Slavery in the Philippines: Ambivalent Domestication and the Reversibility of Comparisons. Michael Salman. 5. Korean Nobi Resistance under the Chosun Dynasty (1392–1910). Bok-Rae Kim. 6. Abolishing the Slave Trade in Portuguese India: Documentary Evidence of Popular and Official Resistance to Crown Policy, 1842–60. Timothy Walker. 7. Slave Rebellion and Resistance in the Aden Protectorate in the Mid-Twentieth Century. Suzanne Miers. 8. Slaves, Brides and Other ‘Gifts’: Resistance, Marriage and Rank in Eastern Indonesia. Janet Hoskins. 9. Revolted but Not Revolting: Reflections on the Sakalava Division of Labour and Forms of Subjectification. Michael Lambek.
Edward A. Alpers is Professor of History at UCLA. He has published Ivory and Slaves in East Central Africa, and co-edited Walter Rodney: Revolutionary and Scholar, Africa and the West, and History, Memory and Identity. He is Past President of the African Studies Association.
Gwyn Campbell Maitre de Conferences at the University of Avignon, has published widely on the economic history of the Indian Ocean world including Africa and the Indian Ocean World from early times to 1900.
Michael Salman is Associate Professor of History at UCLA. He is the author of The Embarrassment of Slavery: Controversies Over Bondage and Nationalism in the American Colonial Philippines.