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Modern Slavery

The Margins of Freedom

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Julia O’Connell Davidson
    Pages 1-27
  3. Julia O’Connell Davidson
    Pages 28-54
  4. Julia O’Connell Davidson
    Pages 55-80
  5. Julia O’Connell Davidson
    Pages 133-161
  6. Julia O’Connell Davidson
    Pages 162-185
  7. Julia O’Connell Davidson
    Pages 186-209
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 210-250

About this book


Providing a unique critical perspective to debates on slavery, this book brings the literature on transatlantic slavery into dialogue with research on informal sector labour, child labour, migration, debt, prisoners, and sex work in the contemporary world in order to challenge popular and policy discourse on modern slavery.


Modern slavery trafficking forced labour forced marriage race gender immigration detention debt bondage women human rights global ethics ethics immigration liberty media migration mobility Nation Policy Sex tourism work

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of BristolUK

About the authors

Julia O'Connell Davidson is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bristol, UK. Her research interests include employment relations, sex work, childhood, migration, trafficking and slavery, and she is author of Children in the Global Sex Trade (2005), Prostitution, Power and Freedom (1998), and Privatization and Employment Relations (1993).

Bibliographic information


“It is a beautiful example of interdisciplinary humanities and social sciences scholarship. Davidson’s work should push us to move across disciplinary boundaries to improve the quality and broaden the audience of our work. … it would be a worthwhile addition to any undergraduate- or graduate-level seminar on slavery. … This compelling, persuasive, and confident book does the important work of showing that scholars can bring historical scholarship into conversation with contemporary issues.” (Whitney Stewart, H-Slavery,, July, 2017)

“This book is an essential read for anyone who wants to understand the complex discursive histories of the anti-trafficking movement, and it will be of great interest to the readers of Border Criminologies.” (Ilse van Liempt, Border Criminologies,, January, 2017)