Vulnerability: Refusal

  • Sonja Boon
  • Lesley Butler
  • Daze Jefferies


At heart a meditation on methodology, this chapter considers the relationships between ethics and colonial archives. Drawing on recent work by Quinn Eades, Saidiya Hartman, Katherine McKittrick, Elspeth Probyn, Eve Tuck, and K. Wayne Yang, among others, and considering the writing of poet and essayist M. NourbeSe Philip, it assesses the potential of ethnographic refusal as a way of reading the violence of the colonial archive differently.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sonja Boon
    • 1
  • Lesley Butler
    • 1
  • Daze Jefferies
    • 1
  1. 1.Memorial University of NewfoundlandSt John’sCanada

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