Introduction: Viewing Plantations at the Intersection of Political Ecologies and Multiple Space-Times

Irene Peano, Marta Coelho de Macedo, Colette Le Petitcorps

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Abstract

In this chapter, we outline our contribution to the study of plantations, building upon a wide and important body of critical literature that has developed on the subject over more than a century of reflections and struggles. Plantations are analyzed according to three main axes: an eco-material dimension that articulates to racial injustices; the long-term material, affective and symbolic imprints of plantations; and their sovereign dimensions. We explore these topics through a variety of examples and transdisciplinary approaches that cut across chronologies, geographies and political contexts and provide a navigation tool through the edited volume’s contributions. By stressing plantations’ more-than-human relations and their all-too-human (modern, colonial, imperial) dynamics, we want to both call into question any monolithic notion of “the” plantation and pinpoint the common features that accrue to the different plantation experiences and experiments addressed by authors. Contributing to the current discussion on the predicaments of the Plantationocene, we argue that this book’s breadth and vision might help imagine more nuanced ways of narrating plantation regimes and forms of resistance against them—past, present and future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Plantations in the Modern World
Subtitle of host publicationSovereignties, Ecologies, Afterlives
EditorsColette Le Petitcorps, Marta Macedo, Irene Peano
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter1
Pages1-32
Number of pages32
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-08537-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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