This chapter is not an attempt to join the fractious debate over philosophical first principles or juridical first usages of the term 'dignity'. Instead, it explores the tight connection between the institution of slavery and the giving of specific meanings to the concept of dignity, in particular times and particular places. To explore the dynamics of the intertwined process of creating and drawing upon meaning for the terms 'dignity' and 'slavery', I examine two historical movements that emerged after formal abolition.
Publication Information & Recommended Citation
Rebecca J. Scott, "Dignité/Dignidade: Organizing Against Threats to Diginity in Societies After Slavery." In Understanding Human Dignity, edited by C. McCrudden. Proceedings of the British Academy, 192. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.