Performing the Life of Human Bio-Cargo
The introduction of Living Cargo presents the book as a project of unhousing the past; about opening up archives and drawing history out; and about the opening out that occurs when history goes public. It is also about the social, political, and ethical demands such openings make on public and private lives; and about the publics and counterpublics that are produced when history is on the move. When history is unhoused, when it travels narratively, visually, performatively its movements help bind people together, as surely as its institutional enclosure helps keep them apart. In other words, this book is about the black public cultures of postcolonial Britain; the particular historical resonances that join together many disparate communities in the UK under and beyond the banner of the nation; and the transnational circuits of exchange economic, social, political, affective that takes British colonial history for a ride.
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