Slavery and Social Death

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Harvard University Press, 1982 - Social Science - 511 pages
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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.
 

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“Slavery and Social Death” is a book by a sociologist for sociologists. While there is, of course, nothing wrong with this, it does suggest that a warning may be in order for mere mortals who pick the ... Read full review

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Contents

The Internal Relations of Slavery
15
Authority Alienation and Social Death
35
Honor and Degradation
77
Slavery as an Institutional Process
103
Enslavement by Birth
132
The Acquisition of Slaves
148
The Condition of Slavery
172
Its Meaning and Modes
209
Patterns of Manumission
262
The Dialectics of Slavery
297
Slavery as Human Parasitism
334
Appendix
345
Appendix
353
Notes
365
Index
484
Copyright

The Status of Freed Persons
240

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About the author (1982)

Orlando Patterson is John Cowles Professor of Sociology at Harvard University.

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