Anthropology of Slavery The Womb of Iron and Gold

ISBN-10: 0226519120

ISBN-13: 9780226519128

Edition: 1991

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Book details

List price: $41.00
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/1/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 422
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Historical anthropologist Claude Meillassoux was born in Roubaix, France, and educated in part at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris. In addition to his diploma from the institute, he earned a B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Economics in Paris, an M.A. from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. from the University of Paris. Before embarking upon a scholarly career, he worked in a factory, in advertising, and as an interpreter. In 1957, he became an assistant in the Practical School of Higher Studies in Paris, a position he held until 1964. At that point in time, he became a research fellow at the National Center of Scientific Research, also in Paris. Recognized for his firmly radical political convictions, Meillassoux is regarded as one of the most influential historical anthropologists and is noted for his contributions toward understanding the complex institution of slavery within Africa itself. He is best known for his theory of slavery in Africa, as expressed in his 1975 work, "L'Esclavage en Afrique Pre-coloniale" (Slavery in Pre-colonial Africa). Meillassoux's recent research, particularly "The Anthropology of Slavery: The Womb of Iron and Gold" (1991), has had an enormous influence on discerning a theory of slavery in Africa.

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