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On Human Bondage: After Slavery and Social Death

On Human Bondage: After Slavery and Social Death

John Bodel (Editor), Walter Scheidel (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-119-16248-3

Dec 2016

328 pages

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$99.95

Description

On Human Bondage—a critical reexamination of Orlando Patterson’s groundbreaking Slavery and Social Death—assesses how his theories have stood the test of time and applies them to new case studies.

  • Discusses the novel ideas of social death and natal alienation, as Patterson first presented them 35 years ago and as they are understood today
  • Brings together exciting new work by a group of esteemed historians of slavery, as well as a final chapter by Patterson himself that responds to and expands upon the other contributions
  • Provides insights into slave societies around the world and across time, from classical Greece and Rome to modern Brazil and the Caribbean, and from Han China and pre-colonial South Asia to early modern Europe and the New World
  • Delves into a wide range of topics, including the reformation of social identity after slavery, the new historicist approach to slavery, rituals of enslavement and servitude, questions of honor and dishonor, and symbolic imagery of slavery

List of Figures and Tables vii

Notes on Contributors viii

Preface xii

Introduction 1
John Bodel and Walter Scheidel

1 Slavery and Personhood in the Neo-Assyrian Empire 15
Heather D. Baker

2 Orlando Patterson, Property, and Ancient Slavery: The Definitional Problem Revisited 31
David M. Lewis

3 Slaves or Serfs?: Patterson on the Thetes and Helots of Ancient Greece 55
Peter Hunt

4 Death and Social Death in Ancient Rome 81
John Bodel

5 Freedom, Slavery, and Female Sexual Honor in Antiquity 109
Kyle Harper

6 Becoming Almost Somebody: Manumission and its Complications in the Early Han Empire 122
Anthony Barbieri-Low

7 Ottoman Elite Enslavement and “Social Death” 136
Ehud R. Toledano

8 The Locked Box in Slavery and Social Death 151
Indrani Chatterjee

9 Honor and Dishonor in the Slavery of Colonial Brazil 167
Junia Ferreira Furtado

10 (Child) Slavery in Africa as Social Death?: Reponses Past and Present 193
Sandra E. Greene

11 Slavery and Freedom in Small-Scale Societies 210
Catherine M. Cameron

12 Rituals of Enslavement and Markers of Servitude: Orlando Patterson in the American Tropics 226
Fernando Santos-Granero

13 Slavery from Rome to Medieval Europe and Beyond: Words, Things, and Genomes 249
Michael McCormick

14 Revisiting Slavery, Property, and Social Death 265
Orlando Patterson

Index 297