On Human Bondage

After Slavery and Social Death
Bodel, John
Scheidel, Walter
Date published: 
December 2016

A critical reexamination of Orlando Patterson's groundbreaking Slavery and Social Death, this book assesses how his theories have stood the test of time and applies them to new case studies. This collection not only celebrates but also critiques and extends Patterson's work. The essays provide insights into slave societies around the world and across time, delving into a wide range of topics, including the reformation of social identity after slavery, rituals of enslavement, questions of dishonor, and symbolic imagery of slavery.