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Title On human bondage : after slavery and social death / edited by John Bodel and Walter Scheidel.
Imprint Chichester, West Sussex ; Malden, MA : John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2017.

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Series The ancient world: comparative histories
Ancient world--comparative histories.
Subject Patterson, Orlando, 1940- Slavery and social death -- Congresses.
Slavery -- History -- Congresses.
Slaves -- Social conditions -- Congresses.
Alt Name Bodel, John P., 1957-
Scheidel, Walter, 1966-
Brown University,
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 314 pages).
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Note Papers from a conference, "Being Nobody?", held at Brown University.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Slavery and personhood in the Neo-Assyrian Empire / Heather D. Baker -- Orlando Patterson, property, and ancient slavery: the definitional problem revisited / David M. Lewis -- Slaves or serfs? Patterson on the thetes and helots of ancient Greece / Peter Hunt -- Death and social death in ancient Rome / John Bodel -- Freedom, slavery, and female sexual honor in antiquity / Kyle Harper -- Becoming almost somebody: manumission and its complications in the early Han empire / Anthony Barbieri-Low -- Ottoman elite enslavement and "social death" / Ehud R. Toledano -- The locked box in slavery and social death / Indrani Chatterjee -- Black women and slavery in colonial Brazil / Junia Ferreira Furtado -- (Child) slavery in Africa as social death? Responses past and present / Sandra E. Greene -- Slavery and freedom in small scale societies / Catherine M. Cameron -- Rituals of enslavement and markers of servitude: Orlando Patterson in the American tropics / Fernando Santos-Granero -- Slavery from Rome to Medieval Europe and beyond: words, things and genomes / Michael McCormick -- Revisiting slavery, property and social death / Orlando Patterson.
Note Print version record.
Summary A critical re-examination of Orlando Patterson's groundbreaking Slavery and Social Death, On Human Bondage assesses how his theories have stood the test of time and applies them to new case studies. More than 35 years after the publication of Patterson's landmark work, these essays discuss his ideas of social death and natal alienation, as he first presented them and as they have come to be understood today.
The essays bring together exciting new work by a group of esteemed historians of slavery, based on two conferences devoted to understanding the impact of Patterson's cross-cultural work. They provide 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. The essays delve 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. In addition, a final chapter by Patterson himself responds to the other contributions and advances his own thinking on concepts of property as they relate to slavery; the special connections between women and slavery; and the metaphors of social death and rebirth as dynamic conceptions of slavery and manumission. 'Ibis collection not only celebrates but also critiques and extends Orlando Patterson's work, a landmark study of slavery that continues to inspire and provoke debate.
John Bodel W. Duncan MacMillan II Professor of Classics and Professor of History at Brown University, USA. He studies ancient Roman history and Latin literature and has special interests in epigraphy, slavery in antiquity, Roman religion, funerals and burial customs, writing systems, and the ancient novel.
Walter Scheidel is the Dickason Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Classics and History, and a Kennedy-Grossman Fellow in Human Biology at Stanford University, USA. He has published widely on ancient social and economic history, premodern demography, and the comparative history of labor and state formation. --Book Jacket.
ISBN 9781119162544 (electronic bk.)
1119162548 (electronic bk.)
9781119162520 (electronic bk.)
1119162521 (electronic bk.)
9781119162483 (hardcover)
1119162483 (hardcover)
OCLC # 966676378
Additional Format Print version: On human bondage : after slavery and social death. Chichester, West Sussex ; Malden, MA : John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2016 9781119162483 (DLC) 2016022486 (OCoLC)950750940

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