‘Am I Not a Man and a Brother?’ Phrenology and Anti-slavery

Hamilton, Cynthia S. (2008) ‘Am I Not a Man and a Brother?’ Phrenology and Anti-slavery. Slavery & Abolition, 29 (2). pp. 173-187. ISSN 0144-039X

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It would be a mistake to dismiss the pseudo-science of phrenology as merely discredited, populist and racist. African American proponents and opponents, as well as those engaged in the debate over slavery, recognised the utility of phrenology, made more potent by a notional objectivity that helped to obscure the highly partisan aesthetic standards, sociological assumptions and ideological posturing thoroughly embedded within its theoretical framework. As a result, this discourse was fought over, subverted and appropriated by those arguing over slavery and trying to define and interpret the concepts of race and racial difference.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > English
Depositing User: Susan Murray
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2014 09:44
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2014 09:44
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/289

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