Atlantic slavery in the 19th century: constructing "the international" on the sea

Monções: Revista de Relações Internacionais da UFGD

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Title Atlantic slavery in the 19th century: constructing "the international" on the sea
Escravismo Atlântico no século XIX: a construção do "internacional" no mar
 
Creator Bezerra, Gustavo Alvim de Góes
Salgado, Pedro
Yamato, Roberto Vilchez
 
Subject Atlantic slavery; Historical Sociology; Post- and Decolonial Studies.
Escravização atlântica. Sociologia Histórica. Estudos Pós- e Decoloniais.
 
Description This paper aims to bring the transatlantic trade of enslaved people to the centre of the historical and theoretical debates in IR, especially those regarding the formation and evolution of the international system of sovereign states. This movement takes place in two fundamental steps. Firstly, we promote this discussion within the terms provided by the English School, as the theoretical tradition that is more openly dedicated to the historical evolution of international politics. We demonstrate, through this critical engagement, the disciplinary silence about transatlantic enslavement as a “primary institution” of “international society”. In a second moment, we evaluate the theoretical consequences of including the trade in human beings and the exploitation of their coerced labor among the primary institutions that shape international Society. We question whether such inclusion is sufficient to unmake the “constitutive silence” represented by Atlantic slavery in the discipline, and whether this inclusion effectively reforms the Eurocentric premises of the English School. From these questions, we offer an epistemological reflection on the historiograhpy of IR that points toward a deeper dialogue between history and theory, building upon recent developments on the literatures on Historical Sociology and Post-/Decolonial thought.
Este artigo almeja trazer o comércio transatlântico de pessoas escravizadas para o centro do debate historiográfico e teórico das Relações Internacionais, em particular no que tange à formação e evolução do sistema internacional de Estados soberanos. Tal movimento se dá fundamentalmente em dois passos. Em um primeiro momento, promovemos uma discussão nos termos da Escola Inglesa, como tradição teórica que se debruça sobre a evolução histórica da política internacional. Demonstramos, com esse engajamento crítico, o silenciamento da disciplina para a escravização transatlântica como uma “instituição fundamental” da “sociedade internacional”. No segundo momento, avaliamos as consequências teóricas da inclusão do comércio e exploração do trabalho de pessoas no rol de instituições fundamentais que formam a sociedade internacional. Questionamos se tal inclusão é suficiente para desfazer o que identificamos como “silêncio constitutivo” que a escravidão atlântica representa para a disciplina e se a inclusão desta instituição internacional reforma as premissas eurocêntricas sobre as quais se baseia a Escola Inglesa. A partir daí, propomos uma reflexão epistemológica sobre a historiografia das Relações Internacionais que aponta para um diálogo mais profundo entre teoria e história, a partir de evoluções recentes nos campos da Sociologia Histórica e dos estudos Pós/Decoloniais.Recebido em: outubro/2019. Aprovado em: março/2020.
 
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Date 2019-06-30
 
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Identifier http://ojs.ufgd.edu.br/index.php/moncoes/article/view/11548
10.30612/rmufgd.v8i15.11548
 
Source Monções: Revista de Relações Internacionais da UFGD; v. 8, n. 15 (2019): Dossiê Teoria das Relações Internacionais no Brasil; 424-457
2316-8323
 
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Relation http://ojs.ufgd.edu.br/index.php/moncoes/article/view/11548/5657
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