What Lies at the Core of Slavery? A Study of the Concept of Slavery

Detta är en Magister-uppsats från Lunds universitet/Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Sammanfattning: Slavery - in popular imagination, the word usually conjures up images of the transatlantic slave trade and slavery in the United States. A common belief is that slavery has been abolished and in a legal sense this is correct. However, the practical reality is little changed, i.e. the practice of slavery continues. Much remains to be done in order to abolish slavery, but one problem that I see as a great hindrance in this fight is the confusion regarding the concept of slavery. In addition, there is among the researchers a tendency to focus on a certain type of slavery within their study. The result of this is that it becomes harder to uncover the core aspects that these practices have in common and so what could be said to constitute slavery. The subject of this paper is the concept of slavery. I wish here to try to uncover what lies at the core of the phenomenon as certain actors define it. Thus the object of my study is certain definitions of slavery. These will be analyzed and compared with each other regarding the aspects that I have identified as constituting the core of each definition. Hopefully, this will lead to some interesting conclusions.

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