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Maroon In/securities: Kamau Brathwaite on Colonial Wars of Xtermination

Cummings, Ronald (2016) Maroon In/securities: Kamau Brathwaite on Colonial Wars of Xtermination. Working Paper. University of Birmingham. (Unpublished)

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If Kamau Brathwaite’s more recent work has been concerned with contemporary questions of security — such as 9/11 in his poem “Hawk” (2005), urban crime in his book Trench Town Rock (1994a) or various forms of death and dying in his Elegguas 2010) — a turn to Brathwaite’s wider body of writing and his scholarship also reveals a broader concern with questions of in/security. His work usefully demonstrates what Pat Noxolo and David Featherstone have discussed as “a longer historical perspective and a wider global perspective” on in/securities which “unsettles the newmillennial, US-centric quality of post-9/11 security preoccupations” (2014, p.604). While Noxolo and Featherstone focus on the Plantation as a particular site for mapping this historical view of in/security and theorize “slavery as in/security”, in this paper I want to use the concept of maroon in/securities as another way of engaging histories of in/securities (2014, p.604). In
turning to marronage, I want to trace relational spaces of colonial in/securities not singularly bound to, although indeed not separate from, the operations and brutalities of the Plantation. Instead, I use Maroon practices, strategies and spaces as important narrative sites that afford
another perspective on the violence of plantation life and its insecurities.

Type of Work:Monograph (Working Paper)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Date:14 September 2016
Series/Collection Name:Caribbean In/Securities: Creativity and Negotiation in the Caribbean (CARISCC) Working Papers Series
Keywords:Caribbean Studies, Caribbean in/securities, Caribbean Creativity
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
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Funders:Leverhulme Trust
Copyright Status:This working paper is copyright of the University and the author. In addition, parts of the paper may feature content whose copyright is owned by a third party, but which has been used either by permission or under the Fair Dealing provisions. The intellectual property rights in respect of this work are as defined by the terms of any licence that is attached to the paper. Where no licence is associated with the work, any subsequent use is subject to the terms of The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (or as modified by any successor legislation). Any reproduction of the whole or part of this paper must be in accordance with the licence or the Act (whichever is applicable) and must be properly acknowledged. For non-commercial research and for private study purposes, copies of the paper may be made/distributed and quotations used with due attribution. Commercial distribution or reproduction in any format is prohibited without the permission of the copyright holders.
Copyright Holders:Dr Ronald Cummings
ID Code:2210

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