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Theoretical Groundings (2): Second Slavery, Diaspora, Spatial History

-What is meant by “African diaspora?”

-What is meant by “second slavery”?

-What are the histories of these terms?

-How have historians and other social scientists defined and used the terms “space,” “place” and “mobility”?

-Why are these terms important for the study of Atlantic slavery?

-What can the study of slavery contribute to the literature on space?



Mann, Kristin. “Shifting Paradigms in the Study of the African Diaspora and of Atlantic History and Culture,” in Rethinking the African Diaspora, eds. Kristin Mann and Edna G. Bay (London: Frank Cass, 2001), pp. 3-21. [on library scans page]


Patterson, Tiffany Ruby, and Robin D. G. Kelly. “Unfinished Migrations: Reflections on the African Diaspora and the Making of the Modern World.” African Studies Review, 43:1 (April 2000): 11-45.

“Second slavery”:

Tomich, Dale W. “The Second Slavery: Bonded Labour and the Transformation of the Nineteenth-Century Economy,” in Rethinking the Nineteenth Century, ed. Francisco Ramírez (Stanford, 1988), 103-17.

Space” and “place” in history:

Courtney J. Campbell, “Space, Place and Scale: Human geography and Spatial History in Past and Present.” Past and Present, May 2016 (special issue on space and place ed. Courtney Campbell), 1-23.

Singleton, Theresa A. “Slavery and Spatial Dialectics on Cuban Coffee Plantations.” World Archaeology, 33:1 (June 2001): 98-114.