Lost People

Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar

by David Graeber

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  • 0253116996
  • 9780253349101
  • 9780253116994

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.


  • Indiana University Press; September 2007
  • ISBN: 9780253116994
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  • Title: Lost People
  • Author: David Graeber
  • Imprint: Indiana University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0253116996
  • 9780253349101
  • 9780253116994