Chapter 6 examines three dialectical relationships: between masters and slaves; between free persons and slaves; and within slave communities. The master-slave dialectic formed a spectrum with two extremes: on the one hand, it could lead to the cruel tyranny of masters exercised over slaves without any control; on the other hand, rich and powerful masters could offer their slaves significantly better opportunities than those existing for most of the free population. The free-slave dialectic depended on the intervention of the political community in the theoretically unmediated relationship between masters and slaves in order to achieve two things: to formulate slave status and the distinction between free people and slaves and to shape the master-slave relationship according to the wider interests of the community as a whole. The third dialectic comprises the full range of relationships within the communities that enslaved persons constructed and participated in. These communities were based on kinship and family, ethnicity, religion, neighbourhood, profession, or belonging to the same master.
Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.