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8%OFFDavid Graeber - Lost People: Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar - 9780253219152 - V9780253219152
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Lost People: Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar

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Description for Lost People: Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar Paperback. Betafo, a rural community in central Madagascar, is divided between descendants of nobles and descendants of slaves. Anthropologist David Graeber uncovers the layers of historical, social, and cultural knowledge required to understand a disastrous communal ordeal and elaborates a new view of power, inequality, and the political role of narrative. Num Pages: 488 pages, 9 figures, 7 maps. BIC Classification: 1HSM; GTB; JHMC. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 238 x 156 x 31. Weight in Grams: 706.

Betafo, a rural community in central Madagascar, is divided between the descendants of nobles and descendants of slaves. Anthropologist David Graeber arrived for fieldwork at the height of tensions attributed to a disastrous communal ordeal two years earlier. As Graeber uncovers the layers of historical, social, and cultural knowledge required to understand this event, he elaborates a new view of power, inequality, and the political role of narrative. Combining theoretical subtlety, a compelling narrative line, and vividly drawn characters, Lost People is a singular contribution to the anthropology of politics and the literature on ethnographic writing.

Product Details

Format
Paperback
Publication date
2007
Publisher
Indiana University Press
Condition
New
Number of Pages
488
Place of Publication
Bloomington, IN, United States
ISBN
9780253219152
SKU
V9780253219152
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About David Graeber
David Graeber is Reader in Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. His books include Debt: The First 5000 Years; Direct Action: An Ethnography; and Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value: The False Coin of Our Own Dreams.

Reviews for Lost People: Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar
This compelling ethnography matches Bakhtinian dialogism with Dostoevskian detail. The book is 'full of characters: both in the sense of eccentrics and oddballs, and . . . of protagonists of stories . . . about the edges between politics and history,' where assumptions are negotiated and 'new things can emerge.' Madagascar's blend of African and Pacific cultures and histories is ... Read more

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