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Slavery and Social Death

A Comparative Study, With a New Preface

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$21.95 • £17.95 • €20.00

ISBN 9780674986909

Publication Date: 10/15/2018


560 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

4 maps, 8 tables


  • Preface, 2018
  • Preface to the Original Edition [1982]
  • Introduction: The Constituent Elements of Slavery
  • I. The Internal Relations of Slavery
    • 1. The Idiom of Power
    • 2. Authority, Alienation, and Social Death
    • 3. Honor and Degradation
  • II. Slavery as an Institutional Process
    • 4. Enslavement of “Free” Persons
    • 5. Enslavement by Birth
    • 6. The Acquisition of Slaves
    • 7. The Condition of Slavery
    • 8. Manumission: Its Meaning and Modes
    • 9. The Status of Freed Persons
    • 10. Patterns of Manumission
  • III. The Dialectics of Slavery
    • 11. The Ultimate Slave
    • 12. Slavery as Human Parasitism
  • Appendix A: Note on Statistical Methods
  • Appendix B: Slaveholding Societies in the Murdock World Sample
  • Appendix C: The Large-Scale Slave Systems
  • Notes
  • Index

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