Forever Idle: The Resilience of Colonial Ideas on Black Bodies

  • Nour Afara

Abstract

My argument hinges on the theme of time: how ideas attached to racialized bodies endure (and mutate) across time. I highlight the question of falling behind and/or failing forward by tracing the failings of social policy and its impacts on Black bodies by conducting a cross-historical analysis of seventeenth-century South Africa, specifically travel diaries from European incursions and twentieth-century United States, specifically works of social policy. My study analyzes the ways that idleness, as a pejorative social characteristic, is tied to racialized bodies across these two colonial contexts.
 

Published
2020-07-16
How to Cite
Afara, N. (2020). Forever Idle: The Resilience of Colonial Ideas on Black Bodies. Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research, 31(1). Retrieved from http://www.alternateroutes.ca/index.php/ar/article/view/22514