Throughout history slavery has adapted fluidly to a changing world order, as it continues to do today.
The precise cultural and social mechanisms that make slavery possible in
any one country both reflect the indigenous society and evolve over
time in adaptation to changes in its culture. Thus, the slavery of
modern Pakistan and India reflect the historical feudalism of these
countries, but in new forms of bondage which have grown from, but are
not, feudalism. In this century, slavery has been caught up in that
process which we call globalisation. In many ways, the transformation of
slavery is an exemplar of that process, but this transformation is
little observed and less understood.
Feb 18th, 2015
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