Synopses & Reviews
This controversial examination of precolonial African slavery looks at the various social systems that made slavery on such a scale possible and argues that the institutions of slavery were far more complex and pervasive than previously suspected.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 376-404) and indexes.
About the Author
is directeur de recherches
and head of the Section on Rural Societies and Development Politics at the CNRS in France.
Table of Contents
Note on Glossary
Publisher's Note on Translation
Introductory Chapter: Kin and Aliens
Part I - The Womb: The Dialectic of Slavery
1. The Historical Dimension of Slavery in West Africa
4. Profits and Accumulation
5. Unborn and Reprieved from Death
6. Promotion of Slaves
7. Half-Breed Slaves
Transition: Revenge of the anti-Kin
Part II - Iron: Aristocratic Slavery
A. Slavery and Power
1. The Coming of the Brigands
2. The Great Task of the Kings
3. The Divine Court
B. The War Economy
Part III - Gold: Merchant Slavery
1. The Land of the Merchants
2. The Spread of Slavery within the Peasantry
3. Forms of Exploitation
4. The Internal Market for Slaves
5. To Buy or to Breed?
6. The Disintegration of Slavery
Index of Proper Names