Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar
By (author) David Graeber
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Lost People by David Graeber
Book DescriptionBetafo, 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780253219152
(5983mm x 3971mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 26-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United States
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Presents a fresh theoretical ground for the study of ritual, iconographic technologies, and oral traditions among nonliterate peoples. The author unfolds fresh approaches to research in the anthropology of ritual and memory, ultimately building a new theory of imagination and an original anthropology of thought.
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Author Biography - 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.
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