Unpayable Debt (Sternberg Press / The Antipolitical) (Paperback)

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Coloniality, raciality, and global capitalism from a black feminist “poethical” perspective.

Unpayable Debt examines the relationships among coloniality, raciality, and global capital from a black feminist “poethical” perspective. Inspired by Octavia E. Butler's 1979 sci-fi novel Kindred, in which an African-American writer is transported back in time to the antebellum South to save her owner-ancestor, Unpayable Debt relates the notion of value to coloniality—both economic and ethical. Focusing on the philosophy behind value, Denise Ferreira da Silva exposes capital as the juridical architecture and ethical grammar of the world. Here, raciality—a symbol of coloniality—justifies deployments of total violence to enable expropriation and land extraction.

This is the first volume in the On the Political series.

About the Author


Denise Ferreira da Silva is Professor and Director of the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She is also a Visiting Professor at the School of Law at Birkbeck, University of London.


Product Details
ISBN: 9783956795428
ISBN-10: 3956795423
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Publication Date: March 1st, 2022
Pages: 152
Language: English
Series: Sternberg Press / The Antipolitical