Winner of the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award, American Sociological Association
Co-Winner of the Ralph J. Bunche Award, American Political Science Association
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.
Praise for the previous edition:
"Densely packed, closely argued, and highly controversial in its dissent from much of the scholarly conventional wisdom about the function and structure of slavery worldwide."
"There can be no doubt that this rich and learned book will reinvigorate debates that have tended to become too empirical and specialized. Patterson has helped to set out the direction for the next decades of interdisciplinary scholarship."
--David Brion Davis, New York Review of Books
"This is clearly a major and important work, one which will be widely discussed, cited, and used. I anticipate that it will be considered among the landmarks in the study of slavery, and will be read by historians, sociologists, and anthropologists--as well as many other scholars and students."
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Table of Contents
Introduction: The Constituent Elements of Slavery 1
I The Internal Relations of Slavery
1 The Idiom of Power 17
2 Authority, Alienation, and Social Death 35
3 Honor and Degradation 77
II Slavery as an Institutional Process
4 Enslavement of "Free" Persons 105
5 Enslavement by Birth 132
6 The Acquisition of Slaves 148
7 The Condition of Slavery 172
8 Manumission: Its Meaning and Modes 209
9 The Status of Freed Persons 240
10 Patterns of Manumission 262
III The Dialectics of Slavery
11 The Ultimate Slave 299
12 Slavery as Human Parasitism 334
Appendix A Note on Statistical Methods 345
Appendix B Slaveholding Societies in the Murdock World Sample 350
Appendix C The Large-Scale Slave Systems 353