INDEX
Note: Page numbers followed by f indicate a figure.
Abdur- Rahman, Aliyyah, 189–90, 196
abjection, 133; black, 66–68, 71, 132–33
able- bodiedness, 110, 120, 135, 143–44
abolitionists, 16, 20–21, 45, 47–48, 50–51,
117, 151, 191, 205
Abrahams, Yvette, 36
absence, 3, 22–23, 39–40, 53, 71, 217n10,
238n7; archival, 24, 64, 99, 101; black,
4; of black will, 44, 81; historical, 184;
kinship and, 197; slave women and,
15–16, 75–76
adultery, 16, 73, 77, 86, 95
African Americans, 5, 13, 61–62, 125, 219n32
African Association for Promoting the
Discovery of the Interior of Africa, 24,
29, 45–51, 61, 66
African diaspora, 5, 11, 13–14, 36, 84, 132,
152, 245n29; cir cuits of meaning of, 1;
racialized bodies and, 5. See also black
diaspora; diaspora
African National Congress (anc), 35,
224n16
African peoples, 5, 37, 152
African studies, 14
agency, 4, 8, 10, 44, 59, 71, 80, 87, 105, 111,
126, 129, 136, 138, 147, 140, 160, 174–75,
179, 184, 189, 194–95, 212; African, 36,
39; black, 23; black women’s, 77, 110,
124, 185 (see also Baartman, Saartjie;
Heth, Joice; Miss Landmine Angola;
Tryntje of Madagascar); criminality and
slave, 74, 93, 191; of the freak, 228n91;
indentured workers and, 153; individual,
1, 8, 52, 200, 243–44n9; liberal notions
of 119, 145; stolen, 146; suicide and, 173;
vocabulary of, 80
Ahmed, Sara, 18, 223, 222n91
aids, 13, 38, 43, 213–14, 224n27 (see also hiv)
Allen, Jafari, 177, 179
amputation, 26, 111, 124, 127, 133–34, 147
amputees, 8, 124, 127, 132–33, 136–38, 141,
236n54
Anderson, Clare, 163
Angola, 109, 122, 126–27, 137, 139; landmine
victims, 109, 140; unemployed women
in, 26. See also Miss Landmine Angola
anxiety, 34, 76–77, 126; about race, 100;
white, 17–18, 67, 116
apartheid, 12, 32–36, 43, 66, 100, 151, 156,
202, 212–13
archive, 2–4, 11, 16, 22–25, 27, 39, 41, 44,
74, 76, 80–81, 153, 174, 183–85, 207, 212,
217n6; absences in, 98; alternative, 177;
Saartjie Baartman and, 31; black will and,
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