Slavery and Social Death: A Comparative Study / Edition 1

Slavery and Social Death: A Comparative Study / Edition 1

by Orlando Patterson
     
 

This is the first full-scale comparative study of the nature of slavery. In a work of prodigious scholarship and enormous breadth, which draws on the tribal, ancient, premodern, and modern worlds, Orlando Patterson discusses the internal dynamics of slavery in sixty-six societies over time. These include Greece and Rome, medieval Europe, China, Korea, the Islamic… See more details below

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This is the first full-scale comparative study of the nature of slavery. In a work of prodigious scholarship and enormous breadth, which draws on the tribal, ancient, premodern, and modern worlds, Orlando Patterson discusses the internal dynamics of slavery in sixty-six societies over time. These include Greece and Rome, medieval Europe, China, Korea, the Islamic kingdoms, Africa, the Caribbean islands, and the American South. Slavery is shown to he 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 manumission or death.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674810839
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1985
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
501,708
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.09(d)

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Introduction: The Constituent Elements of Slavery

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