White cruelty or Republican sins? Competing frames of stigma reversal in French commemorations of slavery

  title={White cruelty or Republican sins? Competing frames of stigma reversal in French commemorations of slavery},
  author={C. Fleming},
  journal={Ethnic and Racial Studies},
  pages={488 - 505}
  • C. Fleming
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology
  • Ethnic and Racial Studies
Abstract This paper explores how French activists use claims about the history and legacies of slavery to combat stigmas associated with their group membership. Using a case study of a French Caribbean association (CM98) and a pan-African association (COFFAD), I examine how two organizations produce competing models for challenging and reversing the stigma of slavery. Through a process of normative inversion, activists assert the moral inferiority of dominant groups. CM98 rejects both a racial… Expand
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