Descendants of Slaves

The articulation of mixed racial ancestry in a Danish television documentary series

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Resumé

The aim of the Danish television documentary series Slavernes Slægt (Descendants of Slaves, 2005) has been to enhance public awareness of Danish colonial history. As is typical of contemporary mediated memories, the account of national history is combined with 'small histories' that focus on live stories of individuals and their families. Participating in the series are present-day descendants of enslaved Africans who, as a result of an interest in family historical research, have found information about their black ancestry. The series challenges the supposed historical homogeneity of Nordic nation-states by pointing out the historical presence of black individuals. However, this article will show how discourses of family history (e.g. the focus on bloodlines) converge with old 'race' theory; the result of which is that the series inadvertently reproduces processes of visual Othering.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftEuropean Journal of Cultural Studies
Vol/bind11
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)447-469
Antal sider23
ISSN1367-5494
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2008
Udgivet eksterntJa

Bibliografisk note

Paper id:: DOI: 10.1177/1367549408094982

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Descendants of Slaves : The articulation of mixed racial ancestry in a Danish television documentary series. / Marselis, Randi.

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Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

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