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Vital enemies: by Santos-Granero

February 16, 2009

Vital enemies: by Santos-Granero

A new book by Fernando Santos-Granero Vital enemies: Slavery, predation, and the Amerindian political economy of life (2009) was published by the University of Texas Press

A new book by Fernando Santos-Granero Vital enemies: Slavery, predation, and the Amerindian political economy of life (2009) was published by the University of Texas Press as part of the series Anthropology: Sociology, Native Studies, History, Latin American Studies.

Analyzing slavery and other forms of servitude in six non-state indigenous societies of tropical America at the time of European contact, Vital enemies offers a new approach to the study of slavery based on the notion of “political economy of life.” Santos-Granero draws on the earliest available historical sources to provide novel information on Amerindian regimes of servitude, sociologies of submission, and ideologies of capture.

According to Neil Whitehead, professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, “This book will do much to recover and improve our understanding of slavery before European colonialism, as well as the ways in which a European model of the ‘slave’ affected existing indigenous institutions and cultural practices... The book is well researched, clearly written, and concisely argued.”

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