The Ghosts of Empire

Violence, Suffering and Mobility in the Transatlantic Cultural Economy of Desire

By Samuel Veissiere

Set against the background of nighttime encounters in the rough streets of Brazil's Salvador da Bahia, this experimental ethnography explores how certain transnational characters are at once co-constructed and reinvented through the legacy of conquest and the global inequalities of late capitalism. Theorizing the desires that drive these encounters as forms of colonial violence and sincere emancipatory strategies, author Samuel Veissiere's gaze travels outward across the Atlantic and the historical violence of empire, and then turns back inward to revisit the violence of his own white colonial desires. (Series: Contributions to Transnational Feminism - Vol. 3)

192 pages

Publication Date: 7/12/2011
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9783643900807