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The Politics of Slavery

Laura Brace


This book asks what it means to describe someone as a slave and explores the political dimensions of that question. It argues against the search for a transhistorical and timeless definition of slavery, and offers a critical interrogation of the dominant liberal discourse on slavery from the Enlightenment to the present. It pays particular attention to the meanings of the slavery / freedom binary and to the connections between the past and the present in understanding ‘old’ and ‘new’ slavery. The book is about what it means to think about slavery as a historical process and as a political rela ... More

Keywords: Slavery, Freedom, Personhood, Property, Humanity, Race, Gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474401142
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401142.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Brace, author
University of Leicester