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Black Emancipation

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First broadcast:
Wednesday 11 August 2010

When 'Liberte, egalite, fraternite' first defined the ideals of French Revolution, it was over half century before they applied to the hundreds of thousands of slaves working in the French Colonies. Similarly the ideals of 'Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness', failed to encompass American slaves until as late as 1863. When these slaves were freed a complicated debate began on what freedom really meant, and how true freedom would be achieved.
From Booker T Washington to Martin Luther King, from WEB Dubois to Frantz Fanon, ideas of black freedom have been defined, tested and fought for. In the first of a three part series tracing some of the key ideas of sociology, Laurie Taylor talks to Paul Gilroy, Brett St Louis and Gurminder Bhambra about ideas of black freedom and the impact they have had.
Producer: Charlie Taylor.

  • Paul Gilroy

    Paul Gilroy, Professor in Social Theory at the London School of Economics

    There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack
    Publisher: Routledge
    ISBN-10: 0415289815
    ISBN-13: 978-0415289818

    Find out more about Paul Gilroy
  • Gurminder K Bhambra

    Gurminder K Bhambra, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick

    Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination
    Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
    ISBN-10: 0230227155
    ISBN-13: 978-0230227156

    Find out more about Gurminder K Bhambra
  • Brett St Louis

    Brett St Louis, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London

    Rethinking Race, Politics, and Poetics: C.L.R. James' Critique of Modernity
    Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition
    ISBN-10: 0415957729
    ISBN-13: 978-0415957724

    Find out more about Brett St Louis


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