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ManhuntsA Philosophical History$
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Grégoire Chamayou

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151656

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151656.001.0001

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The Dialectic of the Hunter and the Hunted

The Dialectic of the Hunter and the Hunted

(p.57) Chapter 6 The Dialectic of the Hunter and the Hunted

Grégoire Chamayou

Steven Rendall

Princeton University Press

This chapter considers specific process involved in the experience of modern slavery and the relationship of consciousnesses that was established in it. It does so by going back to the starting point: the moment of pursuit that precedes the capture. The guiding question is how a political subjectivity can be constituted in a situation where one is a prey. How, in such a practical configuration, can one become a subject, and what kind of subject? How, being shaped by the hunting relationship, can a hunted consciousness transcend its status as prey and begin a movement of liberation? Slaveholding domination does not arise from an open struggle but rather from a relationship, which is dissymmetrical from the outset, of manhunting. Here, even before operations begin, the hunter is already in a position to be the master. The prey, taken by surprise, is not in a position to confront a group of hunters.

Keywords:   modern slavery, prey, predator, manhunting, manhunts, master, slave, pursuit, capture

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