Foundations of Modern Slavery
Profiles of Unfree and Coerced Labor Through the Ages
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This is a rigorous academic inquiry into how labor power has been dehumanized and commodified around the world through the ages for creation of wealth, capital accumulation, and industrialization. Major forms of unfree and involuntary labor markets around the world—from slavery to serfdom, from feudalism to indentured servitude, from guestworker programs to human-trafficking—have been analyzed theoretically and empirically from multidisciplinary and comparative perspectives.
The inquiry encompasses the slaveries of the Amerindians and the Africans in the New World in the context of the European colonization; the worlds of serfdom and feudalism in the contexts of Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, Japan, China, and India; the episodes of indentured servitude of the Europeans in the New World prior to African slavery, and that of the Indians and the Chinese after the abolition of African slavery; the worlds of guestworker programs in the United States and Europe in the post-World War II era and the migrant labor programs of the Gulf Region since the 1970s; and the slavery-like practices in the contemporary world, including forced labor in global supply chains.
The book is designed not only for students and academia in labor economics, labor history, and global socio-economic and political transformations, but also for the intelligent and inquiring general readers, policy makers, and reformers across the disciplinary pursuits of Economics, Political Science, History, Sociology, Anthropology, and Law.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: The World of Coerced Labor Part I: The World of Slaveries—Conceptual Contexts 2. Slaveries in the Pre-Columbian World 3. The Slaveries of Amerindians and Native Americans 4. African Slavery in the New World Part II: The World of Serfdoms—Conceptual Contexts 5. The West European Serfdom 6. Eastern European Serfdom 7. The Russian Serfdom Part III: The World of Feudalisms—Conceptual Contexts 8. The Chinese Feudalism 9. The Japanese Feudalism 10. The Indian Feudalism Part IV: The World of Indentured Servitudes—Conceptual Contexts 11. Indentured Servitude of the Europeans 12. Indentured Servitude of the Indians 13. Indentured Servitude of the Chinese Part V: The World of Guestworkers—Conceptual Contexts 14. The Bracero Program of the United States 15. Guestworker Programs of Northern and Western Europe 16. The Kafala System of the Gulf States PART VI: Neoslavery in the Twenty-First Century—Conceptual Context 17. Neoslavery in the Twenty-First Century—Human Trafficking 18. Neoslavery in the Twenty-First Century—Global Value Chains 19. Neoslavery in the Twenty-First Century—Assessment of Global Measures to Combat the Menace
Caf Dowlah, a former professor of economics with the State University of New York and the City University of New York for three decades, has most recently been a Consultant with the Modern Slavery Project of the United Nations, New York. He has also taught at the University of Southern California, the California State University-Fullerton, the Otaru University of Commerce (Japan), and the University of Dhaka (Bangladesh). Dr. Dowlah has also worked for the World Bank, the UNDP, the UN-WFP, and the USAID in policy advisory capacities. He has authored over a dozen books and over three dozen papers in refereed journals on international trade, global finance and investment, global value chains, and international labor migration. His latest book—Cross-border Labor Mobility: Historical and Contemporary perspectives—was published by Macmillan in 2020. He is also contributory author of Developing Freedom: The Sustainable Development Case for Ending Modern Slavery, being published by the United Nations.