Lost People

Lost People: Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar

Paperback Published on: 26/09/2007
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Synopsis

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.

  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • ISBN: 9780253219152
  • Number of pages: 488
  • Dimensions: 235 x 155 mm

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