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The Legal Understanding of SlaveryFrom the Historical to the Contemporary$
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Jean Allain

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199660469

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660469.001.0001

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Defining Slavery in all its Forms: Historical Inquiry as Contemporary Instruction

Defining Slavery in all its Forms: Historical Inquiry as Contemporary Instruction

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(p.253) 14 Defining Slavery in all its Forms: Historical Inquiry as Contemporary Instruction
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The Legal Understanding of Slavery
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Joel Quirk

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660469.003.0015

This chapter shows that there is convincing historical and legal grounds for rethinking prevailing models on slavery. It first examines the changing status of slavery under international law, where the discussion focuses on the doubts that continue to surround the legal definition of slavery and other similar forms of bondage and the 1926 and 1956 Slavery Conventions. It then shifts to a study of the ways experiences of enslavement outside the United States can help inform the attempts to define and conceptualize slavery today. This chapter also considers the non-commercial features of slavery.

Keywords:   legal definition, forms of bondage, slavery conventions, experiences of enslavement, non-commercial features, prevailing models

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