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Plantation society and race relations : the origins of inequality
Durant, Thomas J., 1941-
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1999.
Physical Description:
xx, 256 pages ; 24 cm
Reading Level:
1410 Lexile.
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For more than three hundred years, the American South was essentially a plantation society, in which the plantation system penetrated all aspects of social, cultural, economic, and political life. During this period, plantation slavery evolved into the key institutional component of Southern society and played an integral role in its development. This interdisciplinary collection of essays provides a sociological framework for the interpretation of historical data on plantation slavery by addressing different questions concerning four broad areas of research--theoretical perspectives; social institutions; race, gender, and social inequality; and social change and social transformations. The contributors depict slave plantations as organized social systems that contributed significantly to the racial stratification of the Southern plantation society, and in this way served as the origin of contemporary race relations and social inequality in America.

Author Notes

THOMAS J. DURANT, JR. is Professor of Sociology and Director of African and African American Studies at Louisiana State University. His research and teaching interests include Southern culture, international development, and ethnic minorities. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters.

J. DAVID KNOTTNERUS is Professor of Sociology at Oklahoma State University. His interests include theory, social structure and inequality, social psychology, and group processes. He has published extensively in journals and is the coeditor of Recent Developments in the Theory of Social Structure (with Christopher Prendergast, 1994).

Table of Contents

Theoretical Perspectives
The Slave Plantation Revisited: A Sociological PerspectiveThomas J. Durant, Jr.
The Slave Plantation System from a Total Institution PerspectiveJ. David Knottnerus and David L. Monk and Edward Jones
Plantation-Style Social Control: Oppressive Social Structures in the Slave Plantation SystemDonald L. Yates
The Social Construction of Racial MeaningBlacks and Whites in Plantation Society and Beverly M. John
Social Institutions
The Social Influence of Plantation Religion among Anglo-American Colonists and African SlavesRupe Simms
Up from the Plantation: The Survival of Rural Black Farm Families of Northeastern Louisiana 1930-1970Francis Staten
"I Looked for Home Elsewhere": Black Southern Plantation Families 1790-1940Lenus Jack, Jr.
The Profitability of Slavery: A Review of the Classical Economic PositionDonald R. Andrews and Ralph D. Christy
Law and Race in the Slave Plantation SystemJoyce M. Plummer
Race, Gender, and Social Inequality Plantation Slavery among Native Americans: The Creation of a Red, White, and Black AmericaThomas J. Durant, Jr. and Nicole Moliere
Gender Roles in Slave PlantationsJulia Burkart
Status Structures and Ritualized Relations in the Slave Plantation SystemJ. David Knottnerus
The Social Demography of Plantation SlaveryOllie Gary
Christian Social Change and Social Transformations
The Plantation Lifeworld of the Old Natchez District: 1840-1880Ronald L.F. Davis
The Social Transformation of Plantation SocietyClarence R. Talley
Plantations without Slaves: The Legacy of Louisiana Plantation CultureKatherine Bankole
"Gone with the Wind" Versus the Holocaust Metaphor: Louisiana Plantation Narratives in Black and WhiteJean Muteba Rahier and Michael Hawkins