On Coerced Labor: Work and Compulsion after Chattel Slavery
Hrsg. von Marcel van der Linden und Magaly Rodríguez García
Leiden: Brill 2016
373 S., ISBN 978-90-04-32643-9 (Paperback)

Der Band erscheint in Kooperation mit der International Conference of Labour and Social History (ITH) und entstand infolge der 50. ITH-Konferenz “Arbeit und Zwang: Formen von Zwangsarbeit in der Haus-, Dienstleistungs-, Landwirtschafts-, Fabriks- und Sexarbeit, 1850–2000”, die von 25.–28. September 2014 in Linz stattfand.

On Coerced Labor focuses on those forms of labor relations that have been overshadowed by the “extreme” categories (wage labor and chattel slavery) in the historiography. It covers types of work lying between what the law defines as “free labor” and “slavery”. The frame of reference is the observation that although chattel slavery has largely been abolished in the course of the past two centuries, other forms of coerced labor have persisted in most parts of the world. While most nations have increasingly condemned the continued existence of slavery and the slave trade, they have tolerated labor relationships that involve violent control, economic exploitation through the appropriation of labor power, restriction of workers’ freedom of movement, and fraudulent debt obligations.


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Forced Labor and institutional change in contemporary India
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Convict and Military Labor

Forced labor in colonial penal institutions across the Spanish, U.S., British, French Atlantic, 1860s-1920s
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Convict labor in the southern borderlands of Latin America (ca. 1750s-1910s). Comparative perspectives
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Foreign forced labor at Mitsubishi’s Nagasaki and Hiroshima shipyards: big business, militarized government, and the absence of shipbuilding workers’ rights in World War II Japan
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“As much in bondage as they was before”: unfree labor during the New Deal (1935-1952)
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State-sanctioned coercion and agricultural contract labor: Jamaican and Mexican workers in Canada and the United States, 1909-2014
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“Modern slave labor” in Brazil at the intersection of production, migration and resistance networks
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In Lieu of a Conclusion

Dissecting coerced labor
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