Slavery and Social Death: A Comparative Study

TitleSlavery and Social Death: A Comparative Study
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1982
AuthorsPatterson, Orlando
Number of Pages511
PublisherHarvard University Press
CityCambridge, MA
Abstract

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. 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 manumission or death.

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