Slavery Past, Present and Future


Slavery Past, Present and Future


Edited by Catherine Armstrong and Jaya Priyardarshini

Year: 2016

Format: eBook (PDF)

Slavery in the past or present was driven by the demand for labour. Its varied teleological understanding today will help in its abolition.

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Spanning swaths of time and space, slavery as a phenomenon has known intersections of class, gender, race, caste, etc. The historical experiences of slaves is more-or-less lacking in the pedagogic or intellectual knowledge, but its legacy in modern times is felt in the marginalisation, stigmatisation, remorse or shame of the slave descendants.

Contrary to historical slavery, the presence of modern or twenty-first century slavery is variously mired in the complex and contested terrains of its definition. Today, the political and economic context of human conditions globally has muddled the understanding of servitude. Its resurgence in newer avatars, along with institutional or informal upholders challenges its abolition. Hearing the slave voices more than the hegemonic involvement of the abolitionists is required for its complete abolition. A unified public activism and awareness, as always will go a long way in ending it while upholding social justice.

Catherine Armstrong and Jaya Priyadarshini

Part I Historical Variants of Slavery

Gandhi and the Indian Indentured Servants in South Africa
David W. Bulla

Napoleon, the British Public Opinion, and the Abolition of the Slave Trade
Lubomir Krastev

Between the Devil and the Deep Sea: Menial Caste Women and Slavery in Eighteenth-Century Jodhpur
Jaya Priyadarshini

Part II Modern Day Slavery

Legacies of Slavery in a Former Slave-Reservoir: The Case of the Guéra Region
Valerio Colosio

Workers/Slaves of the State: Prisoner
Ozde Nalan Koseoglu

The Efficacy of a Youth Initiative
Clare McLeod

Male Victims of Human Trafficking
Polina Smiragina

Part III Dissecting the place of African Slavery

Teaching ‘Slavery in a Global Context’: Some Pedagogical Themes and Problems
Catherine Armstrong

Canada and the Legend of the Underground Railroad
Eleanor Lucy Bird

Making ‘Slavery’ Work
Karen E. Bravo

The Slave Narrative that Freed Me
Regina E. Mason

Misunderstanding Slavery of the Past, Misunderstanding Slavery Today
David Wilkins

Catherine Armstrong is Lecturer in American History at Loughborough University. She has published two monographs on the representations of landscape in colonial America and is also a book historian. She is convenor of the Book History Research Network and co-edits the journal Publishing History. Her interest in slavery is focused on slave experience in the margins and borderlands of North America. Teaching a module on global slavery has helped to bring this research into sharper perspective.

Jaya Priyadarshini is Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Motilal Nehru College (Evening), Delhi University. Her doctoral thesis titled ‘Redefining Social Worlds: The ‘Menials’ and Service Jatis in 18th Century Marwar’ is a nuanced study of the social existence and experience of the downtrodden service castes of Western Rajputana in the early modern period. Her extensive archival study has been in the field of caste, class, gender, state and religion.