"Offers fascinating comparative material with other places where the wound of past injustices continues to fester and destroy... A brilliant weaving together of history and the anthropology of participant observation... The style is limpid, funny, and a delight." Maurice Bloch "The political intrigue makes for a compelling narrative. Committed to showing the power of stories, Graeber is very capable of telling a story of his own... a brilliant study in the classic anthropological tradition..." Michael LambekVom Verlag:
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.
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Buchbeschreibung Indiana Univ Press, 2007. sewed, 467 pp. Artikel-Nr. geschwk208