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Understanding Slavery Today

Kevin Bales

in Understanding Global Slavery

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780520245068
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932074 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520245068.003.0001
Understanding Slavery Today

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This chapter discusses the different features of slavery. It discusses the persistence of slavery in the twenty-first century, hereditary debt bondage in India, and the consequences of botched emancipation as seen in the United States after the Civil War and in postapartheid South Africa. The chapter reviews the work of investigators who are drawing attention to the dark corners of contemporary slavery, considers the question of why governments are not doing more to combat slavery, and looks at the economic costs and benefits of slavery and freedom.

Keywords: slavery; slaves; debt bondage; emancipation; freedom

Chapter.  10399 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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