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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Notes on Malagasy Pronunciation
  2. p. xiii
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  1. 1. Betafo, 1990
  2. pp. 1-32
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  1. 2. Royal Authority
  2. pp. 33-52
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  1. 3. Negative Authority
  2. pp. 53-72
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  1. 4. Character
  2. pp. 73-86
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  1. 5. A Brief History of Betafo
  2. pp. 87-126
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  1. 6. Anti-Heroic Politics
  2. pp. 127-182
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  1. 7. The Trials of Miadana
  2. pp. 183-200
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  1. 8. Lost People
  2. pp. 201-243
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  1. 9. The Descendants of Rainitamaina
  2. pp. 244-308
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  1. 10. It Must Have Gone Something Like This
  2. pp. 309-328
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  1. 11. Catastrophe
  2. pp. 329-378
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  1. 12. Epilogue
  2. pp. 379-392
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  1. Glossary of Malagasy Terms
  2. pp. 393-395
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  1. Personal Names in Text
  2. pp. 397-400
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  1. Important Places Named in Text
  2. pp. 401-402
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 403-436
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 437-445
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 447-467
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