Anthropology as Cultural Critique: An Experimental Moment in by George E. Marcus

By George E. Marcus

Utilizing cultural anthropology to investigate debates that reverberate through the human sciences, George E. Marcus and Michael M. J. Fischer glance heavily at cultural anthropology's prior accomplishments, its present predicaments, its destiny path, and the insights it has to provide different fields of analysis. the result's a provocative paintings that's very important for students attracted to a serious method of social technological know-how, artwork, literature, and heritage, in addition to anthropology. This moment variation considers new demanding situations to the sector that have arisen because the book's unique book.

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16 Until the late eighteenth century, however, British planters had few problems since British churches made only feeble attempts to convert the slaves. As late as 1788 the Barbados slave system, described to Parliament, had no place for religion among the slaves: 'I do not know that there is any religious ceremony in the Marriage of Negro slaves in Barbados. >~ 7 Needless to say there was a fully developed social structure within the slave quarters; informal marriage was the norm and not, as many historians have previously claimed, the exception.

The great majority of blacks brought to England came not direct from Africa but via the New World, including some born in Africa. Unlike their fellow white servants, many black menials who found themselves in England were enslaved. Imported blacks were bought and sold much as they would have been in the colonies (the restored Charles II, for example, paid £50 for a 32 England, Slaves and Freedom, 1776-1838 black servant) and by the mid seventeenth century public advertisements offering slaves for sale or seeking information about runaways began to reflect the development of black chattel slavery in England.

The case caused a great deal of public revulsion and was instrumental in rallying opinion to the initial abolitionist cause, especially as, a point of law, the Zong case was concerned with property. It seemed to have been Lord Mansfield's fate (in addition to having his house burnt by the Gordon rioters) to have been Lord Chief Justice at a critical juncture in the legal history of slavery. In the four slave cases he heard, on only one occasion did he side with the slaveY However limited the 1772judgement, it nevertheless contained a potential for black freedom in allowing them access to Habeas Corpus.

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