Lost People by David Graeber
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Lost People
By David Graeber

Lost People

Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar

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Lost People by David Graeber

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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253219152
ISBN-10: 0253219159
Format: Paperback
(5983mm x 3971mm x 28mm)
Pages: 488
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 26-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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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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