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Slavery and social death : a comparative study

Author: Orlando Patterson
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Harvard University Press paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"[This book] discusses the internal dynamics of slavery in sixty-six societies over time. Slavery is shown to be a parasitic relationship between master and slave, invariably entailing the violent domination of a natally alienated, or socially dead, person. The phenomenon of slavery as an institution, the author argues, is a single process of recruitment, incorporation on the margin of society, and eventual  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Orlando Patterson
ISBN: 0674986903 9780674986909
OCLC Number: 1080521936
Notes: "With a new preface."
Previously published in hardcover in 1982.
Description: xxxiii, 511 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The constituent elements of slavery --
The idiom of power --
Authority, alienation, and social death --
Honor and degradation --
Enslavement of "free" persons --
Enslavement by birth --
The acquisition of slaves --
The condition of slavery --
Manumission : its meaning and modes --
The status of freed persons --
Patterns of manumission --
The ultimate slave --
Slavery as human parasitism.
Responsibility: Orlando Patterson.

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Patterson discusses the internal dynamics of slavery in 66 societies over time. These include Greece and Rome, medieval Europe, China, Korea, the Islamic kingdoms, Africa, the Caribbean islands, and  Read more...

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