Introduction

This course surveys the nature, types, and extent of modern servitude, distinguishing broadly between servitude resulting from international trafficking such as transnational prostitution, human smuggling into bonded labor, child soldiering, and organ trafficking, and more intranational forms of servitude such as debt-bondage and the domestic exploitation of women and other vulnerable groups. We examine the conceptual and theoretical issues raised in attempts to distinguish these different modes of exploitation; the empirical difficulties of estimating the magnitude of what are inherently secretive processes; and the ideological controversies surrounding the subject. We explore ethical, socio-political, and practical issues raised by these trends. The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Societies of the World 44. (4 credits)

Meet The Author

Orlando Patterson

Orlando Patterson

John Cowles Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

PhD, London School of Economics

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