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Discourse of Slavery: Freedom and the Negotiation of Power and Identity in Context

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KeywordsTriple Keywords
Buildings--Design and construction
Construction
Building design
Western architecture (Western countries)
Architecture, Western (Western countries)
Architecture
Political power
Empowerment (Social sciences)
Power (Social sciences)
Context (Linguistics)
Grammar, Comparative and general--Context
Situation (Linguistics)
Identity
Identity (Philosophical concept)
Attention
Flow (Psychology)
Concentration (Psychology)
Diplomatics
Documents
Civil liberty
Personal liberty
Emancipation
Liberation
Liberty
Freedom

Abstract

The construction of narratives takes place within specific contexts, including temporal, cultural, geographical, historical, ideological, and physical. The contextual creation of slave narratives and the processes of their construction and reconstruction resulted in a negotiation of power over the authentic discourse of slavery. In this essay, narratives of former U.S. slaves recorded in the 1930s and 1940s are examined to explore how context and narrative negotiate identity and power within these contexts. Particular attention is focused on how individuals talk about slavery and how their words are indicative of identity and power relations. These narratives are supplemented with additional narratives and documents written by Anglo-Americans to further highlight different perspectives of slavery, freedom, and identity.

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