Freedom as Marronage by Neil Roberts (review)
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Neil Roberts, Freedom as Marronage (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2015), 254 pp.

What is freedom? How might the practices of enslaved people and the legacies of those practices today allow us to articulate a nuanced definition of this elusive concept? In Freedom as Marronage, Neil Roberts provides timely answers to these questions. Roberts weaves together the voices of key Afrodiasporic intellectuals from Angela Davis and Aimé Césaire to Edwidge Danticat and Frantz Fanon in order to articulate a theory of freedom that is undergirded by the writings and experiences of enslaved people. Roberts's work presents an innovative and lucid definition of freedom, not through marronage but rather as marronage. Individuals, groups, and states struggle against and resist slavery and imperialism by moving themselves (physically and/or psychologically) beyond the reaches of these oppressive structures. Flight, mobility, and marronage emerge in this work as the possibility of freedom, the means to freedom, and freedom itself. [End Page 77]

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