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dc.contributor.authorBikundo, Edwin
dc.date.accessioned2019-05-29T12:34:29Z
dc.date.available2019-05-29T12:34:29Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.issn1743-8721
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1743872118787236
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/378277
dc.description.abstractGiorgio Agamben proffers Bartleby’s phrase “I prefer not to” as a model for paralyzing apparatuses of power rather than slave mutiny leader Babo’s phrase “follow your leader.” This article compares the strategies embodied in these characters from Herman Melville’s work of non-cooperation with versus violent resistance to violence. it argues that because the slave-figure is the shadow image of the free human in liberal democratic thought, violence is an illusory basis for emancipation. Such violence would not only be a mimicry of the oppressor by the oppressed but also relies on political theodicy in justifying violence as a necessary evil.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherSage Publications
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom1
dc.relation.ispartofpageto16
dc.relation.ispartofjournalLaw, Culture and the Humanities
dc.subject.fieldofresearchLegal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation
dc.subject.fieldofresearchHistory and Philosophy of Law and Justice
dc.subject.fieldofresearchHistorical Studies not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchLaw
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode180122
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode220204
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode210399
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1801
dc.titleFollow Your Leader - I Prefer not to: Slavery, Giorgio Agamben and Herman Melville
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
dc.description.versionPost-print
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Law
gro.description.notepublicThis publication has been entered into Griffith Research Online as an Advanced Online Version.
gro.rights.copyright© Edwin Bikundo, Follow Your Leader - I Prefer not to: Slavery, Giorgio Agamben and Herman Melville, Law, Culture and the Humanities, pp. 1-16 2018. Copyright 2018 The Authors. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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