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Bonded labor and migration, India

Mohanty, Manoranjan (2013) Bonded labor and migration, India. In: The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., USA. ISBN Print 9781444334890 Online 9781444351071

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Slavery is a hallmark in human history, a system in which people were sold and forced to work, and forced labor was closely associated with imperialism. In the modern era, slave migrations were a primary force in European mercantilism as tens of millions of people were captured, sold, and shipped from Africa to the Americas (Cohen 1995). Due to the vast profits in the slave trade that accrued to financial and commercial interests, it was essential to European mercantile capitalism (John 2006). The abolition of slavery by Britain in 1833, France and Denmark in 1848, and Holland in 1863 created new demands for cheap labor to support commerce and trade (Vertovec 1995), and the emancipation of African slaves in 1838 created a severe shortage of laborers working in sugar, coffee, tea, cocoa, rice, and rubber plantations (John 2006). Therefore, mercantile interests gradually replaced slavery with servitude and unfree labor. The terms “bonded labor,” “indentured servitude,” “peonage,” and “serfdom” are used synonymously but are different forms of servitude.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Government, Development and International Affairs
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2013 03:38
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2016 03:50

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