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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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Trafficking, Gender and Slavery: Past and Present *

Trafficking, Gender and Slavery: Past and Present *

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The Legal Understanding of Slavery

Orlando Patterson

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the problem of defining slavery in the modern world. It argues that some standard arguments claiming that all trafficking in persons make up forms of slavery are actually problematic. It then studies the worst forms of child labour, domestic servitude, and international and domestic sexual trafficking, which seem to satisfy a polythetic definition of slavery. It also presents a critique of Kevin Bales' work. This chapter concludes with a study of the gendered nature of slavery in traditional and modern times.

Keywords:   trafficking, child labour, domestic servitude, sexual trafficking, polythetic definition, Kevin Bales, gendered nature

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