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Kevin Bales

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520245068

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520245068.001.0001

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Understanding Slavery Today

Understanding Slavery Today

(p.1) Chapter 1 Understanding Slavery Today
Understanding Global Slavery

Kevin Bales

University of California Press

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

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