The legacies of plantation slavery continue to inhabit, animate, and haunt the diverse forms of unfreedom that mark our present. Diverse Unfreedoms charts a new way of thinking through these legacies of unfreedom via a more entangled and multidirectional model of what makes for historical change and continuity in practices and relationships of subjugation. This volume troubles the stark opposition between slavery and freedom by foregrounding the diversity of types of exploitation above and beyond the most extreme forms of dehumanization characterized by slavery. The chapters, from multiple disciplines and discussing diverse regions and historical periods, illustrate the significance of interdisciplinary and international perspectives in understanding diverse unfreedoms, and offer a nuanced account of historical change and continuity in systems that generate and perpetuate unfreedom. Through examining the frictions that mark certain key moments of legal, social, and institutional transition, the essays in this volume express the limits of liberal humanist projects and present a critique of the liberal notion of freedom as the necessary horizon of emancipatory imagination and labor.

chapter 1|32 pages


Diverse Unfreedoms—The Afterlives and Transformations of Post-Transatlantic Bondages
ByKeith Michael Green, Cati Coe, Sarada Balagopalan

part 1|42 pages


chapter 2|20 pages

A "Sentiment of Humanity"?

Child Protection, Surveillance, and State Guardianship in Senegal, 1895-1910
ByKelly M. Duke Bryant

chapter 3|20 pages

Benevolent Complicity

The Detention of Unaccompanied Children in the United States
ByLauren Heidbrink

part II|63 pages


chapter 4|19 pages

Post-Apartheid Nostalgia and Its Images of Common Sense

ByZamansele Nsele

chapter 5|21 pages

“You Are My Slave!”

Adjacent Relations of Unfreedom in Care Work and the Racialization of West African Care Workers
ByCati Coe

chapter 6|21 pages

Abolitionist Action Heroes

Operation Underground Railroad and the Material Cultures of Philanthropy
ByMeredith A. Bak

part III|65 pages


chapter 7|20 pages

Disenchanting Freedom in Sylvia Wynter's The Hills of hebron

ByMargarita Castromán

chapter 8|19 pages

Freedom as Staying

Race, Religious History, and Carceral Ethnography in Chicago
ByKai Parker, Ray Noll

chapter 9|22 pages

The Blood That Has Dried in the Codes

Sovereignty, Right, and the (Im)Possibilities of Freedom
ByHeidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes

chapter |2 pages

"Arrival Day"

ByEve Ewing