ARTICLE: Undurraga on Slaves’ Use of Honor in Chile

Carolina González Undurraga, “Los usos del honor por esclavos y esclavas: del cuerpo injuriado al cuerpo liberado (Chile, 1750-1823),” Nuevo Mundo Mundos Nuevos [En línea], Coloquios, Puesto en línea el 10 septiembre 2012, consultado el 08 octubre 2012. URL :

(English) Abstract:

This paper tries to explain one of the strategies used by slaves – men or women – and their families when they asked formal justice to be freed or sold : honour. Slaves strategically reinterpreted codes of honor in order to give them cultural legitimacy. We can assume that the body is the privileged place for honor in the slave population, as the violation of their rights, which is interpreted as a violation of their bodies, usually affects the body. Body’s wounds then help to support the accusations against the master for bad treatment, and become one of the principal arguments for selling and for freedom requests.

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