Comparative Study of Societal Influences on Indigenous Slavery in Two Types of Societies in Africa 1600-1950

Author: Fomin, E. S. D.

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This work contributes to the study of slavery in Africa by emphasizing the roles Africans played both as slaves and slavers. It uses comparative and eclectic approaches to demonstrate that in the different types of indigenous states in Africa, slavery was never a common phenomenon. In Centralized states it emanated from indigenous servitude and formed an integral component of the elaborate kinship system. In the non-Centralized states it was introduced by the trans-system and it fulfilled an economic function.

Table of contents (headings):
1. Background Issues: Literature review, concepts and definitions; slavery, African indigenous slavery; slave dealing; perceptions; slaves by masters in centralized polities; owners by slaves in centralized polities; slaves by masters in non-centralized polities
2. The Origin of Slavery and Acquisition of Slaves: notion of centralized polity; overview of the origin of slavery; acquisition of slaves in centralized polities; acquisition through purchase, capture, gifts, procreation
3. The Organization of Slavery and the Use of Slaves: structural and functional organization; salves in administration, social life, economic life
4. The Decline of Slavery: internal factors, external forces; Christian missionaries; Muslims, others
Part II - Slavery in Non-Centralized Societies
5. The Origin of Slavery and Procurement: notion of non-centralized societies; origin of slavery; procurement by purchase, procreation, pawning; gifts
6. Organization of Slavery in Non-Centralized Societies: structural organization and integration; functional organization; slaves in economic life among the Banyang; other non-centralized societies; social functions
7. The Abolition of Slavery: hinterland societies, Banyang Country, Coastal societies, role of European colonial administrators; effects of abolition
8. Conclusion: summary of comparisons and contrasts
Maps, figures, photographs; appendices; sources; index