South Aegean Travel on The discovery of gold and silver in America, he famously writes, the extirpation, enslavement and entombment in mines of the aboriginal population, the beginning of the conquest and looting of the East Indies, the turning of Africa into a warren for the commercial hunting of black sldns, signalized the rosy dawn of capitalist production. These idyEic proceedings are the chief moments of primitive accumulation (Marx 1977. 739). Gavin Walker invites us to pay particular attention to Marx’s mention of Africa as a warren (a bounded, fenced, captured territory ideal for cultivation, breeding, and experimentation, in short, for reproduction). It is worth quoting Walker’s comment at length. Marx points to the formation of area or civilization as a political technology of control, the effect of bordering (which can be understood as the ideational mapping of primitive accumulation on a global scale) whose primary function is to constantly reproduce the naturalizing and grounding of difference in a phenomenal-material form, thereby legitimizing and sustaining it. This reproduction is essential, because while it is ostensibly intended to signal the reproduction of Africa, it is also simultaneously and unavoidably a figuration also of the West, as something differentiated from this other space. South Aegean Travel 2016.
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