Conclusion: Rebellious Histories
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Genealogies are rebellious histories in that they refuse to comply with hegemonic histories, geographies and settled temporalities. They are also dangerous in that the identity of the subject that begins the genealogical journey may not be the same at the end. This book began as a genealogy of the discourse of the independent Black women that figured so centrally in the narratives of Black womanhood presented by the ten women interviewed in this study. Along the way, their stories became inseparable from the story of British liberalism and its colonial formations. As a result, the process of understanding the making of the free Black woman as a subject of freedom in the Anglophone Caribbean has exposed the temporalities of liberalism as a strategy of racial governmentality.
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