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Lost People : Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar - David Graeber

Lost People

Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar


Published: 26th September 2007
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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.

"Offers fascinating comparative material with other places where the wound of past injustices continues to fester and destroy... A brilliant weaving together of history and the anthropology of participant observation... The style is limpid, funny, and a delight." Maurice Bloch "The political intrigue makes for a compelling narrative. Committed to showing the power of stories, Graeber is very capable of telling a story of his own... a brilliant study in the classic anthropological tradition..." Michael Lambek

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Notes on Malagasy Pronunciationp. xiii
Betafo, 1990p. 1
Royal Authorityp. 33
Negative Authorityp. 53
Characterp. 73
A Brief History of Betafop. 87
Anti-Heroic Politicsp. 127
The Trials of Miadanap. 183
Lost Peoplep. 201
The Descendants of Rainitamainap. 244
It Must Have Gone Something Like Thisp. 309
Catastrophep. 329
Epiloguep. 379
Glossary of Malagasy Termsp. 393
Personal Names in Textp. 397
Important Places Named in Textp. 401
Notesp. 403
Bibliographyp. 437
Indexp. 447
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ISBN: 9780253219152
ISBN-10: 0253219159
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 488
Published: 26th September 2007
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 23.6
Weight (kg): 0.7