• Gwyn Campbell
  • Alessandro Stanziani


This introductory chapter sets forth the main issues raised in this handbook, which comprises a historical and economic analysis of the changing structure of forced labour and human trafficking in Africa and Asia and the relationship between these phenomena and insecurity and poverty since the emergence of the modern capitalist era. Through key archival (colonial, national, communal, judicial, and organizational) research, interviews, and databases on human migration and environmental events and their consequences, the contributions to this volume will help clarify the complex and shifting historical and current relationships between economic, political, social, and environment factors that have formed the context for the development of both historical and contemporary forms of bondage and human trafficking in Africa and Asia; inform research into human servitude and people trafficking elsewhere in the world; and bring to the forefront of the research agenda the historical and contemporary dimensions of bondage in the Global South.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gwyn Campbell
    • 1
  • Alessandro Stanziani
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Indian Ocean World CentreMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.École des Hautes Études en Sciences SocialesParisFrance
  3. 3.Centre National de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)ParisFrance

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