The Palgrave Handbook of Bondage and Human Rights in Africa and Asia

  • Gwyn Campbell
  • Alessandro Stanziani

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Gwyn Campbell, Alessandro Stanziani
    Pages 1-27
  3. Jon D. Unruh, Emily Frank
    Pages 289-300
  4. Isabelle Guérin, Govidan Venkatasubramanian, Santosh Kumar
    Pages 347-367
  5. Smita Premchander, Stuti Poddar, Laura Uguccioni
    Pages 389-414
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 415-433

About this book


In the West, human bondage remains synonymous with the Atlantic slave trade. But large slave systems in Africa and Asia predated, co-existed, and overlapped with the Atlantic system—and have persisted in modified forms well into the twenty-first century, posing major threats to political and economic stability within those regions and worldwide. This handbook examines the deep historical roots of unfree labour in Africa and Asia along with its contemporary manifestations. It takes an innovative longue durée perspective in order to link the local and global, the past and present. Contributors trace shifting forms of forced labour in the region since circa 1800, connecting punctual shocks such as environmental crisis, conflict, market instability, and crop failure to human security threats such as impoverishment, violence, migration, kidnapping, and enslavement. Together, these chapters illuminate the historical and contemporary dimensions of bondage in Africa and Asia, with important implications for the fight against modern-day bondage and human trafficking.


Indian Ocean World human rights slavery and bondage in the modern era migration and violence translocal politics of slavery human bondage unfree labor human trafficking abolition child labor debt bondage labor migration colonialism capitalism

Editors and affiliations

  • Gwyn Campbell
    • 1
  • Alessandro Stanziani
    • 2
  1. 1.Indian Ocean World CentreMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.École des Hautes Études en Sciences SocialesParisFrance

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature America, Inc. 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-95956-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-95957-0
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