Cloth $91.00 ISBN: 9780226519111 Published January 1992 Not for sale in the British Commonwealth except Canada
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780226519128 Published January 1992 Not for sale in the British Commonwealth except Canada

The Anthropology of Slavery

The Womb of Iron and Gold

Claude Meillassoux

The Anthropology of Slavery
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Claude Meillassoux

Translated by Alide Dasnois
422 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1991
Cloth $91.00 ISBN: 9780226519111 Published January 1992 Not for sale in the British Commonwealth except Canada
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780226519128 Published January 1992 Not for sale in the British Commonwealth except Canada
This controversial examination of precolonial African slavery looks at the various social systems that made slavery on such a scale possible and argues that the institutions of slavery were far more complex and pervasive than previously suspected.

African Studies Association: Melville J. Herskovits Award
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Contents
Note on Glossary
Publisher's Note on Translation
Foreword
Introduction
Introductory Chapter: Kin and Aliens
Part I - The Womb: The Dialectic of Slavery
1. The Historical Dimension of Slavery in West Africa
2. Extraneousness
3. Sterility
4. Profits and Accumulation
5. Unborn and Reprieved from Death
6. Promotion of Slaves
7. Half-Breed Slaves
Transition: Revenge of the anti-Kin
Part II - Iron: Aristocratic Slavery
A. Slavery and Power
1. The Coming of the Brigands
2. The Great Task of the Kings
3. The Divine Court
B. The War Economy
1. Cases
2. Analyses
Part III - Gold: Merchant Slavery
1. The Land of the Merchants
2. The Spread of Slavery within the Peasantry
3. Forms of Exploitation
4. The Internal Market for Slaves
5. To Buy or to Breed?
6. The Disintegration of Slavery
Conclusions
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index of Proper Names
Subject Index
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