Slavery in the Modern World: A History of Political, Social, and Economic Oppression

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Slavery in the Modern World: A History of Political, Social, and Economic Oppression


Young, Elizabeth A., Reference & User Services Quarterly


Slavery in the Modern World: A History of Political, Social, and Economic Oppression. Ed. by Junius P. Rodriguez. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-Clio, 2011. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-1-85109-783-8). E-book available (9781-85109-788-3), call for pricing.

Junius P. Rodriquez's Slavery in the Modern World: A History of Political, Social, and Economic Oppression stands out as the most comprehensive reference title addressing the history of slavery in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Other comparable titles--Kevin Bales' second edition of New Slavery: A Reference Handbook (ABC-Clio, 2004), Helen Fein's Human Rights and Wrongs: Slavery, Terror, Genocide (Paradigm, 2007), and Christien van den Anker's The Political Economy of New Slavery (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004)--are approximately a third of the length of Rodriquez's 859 page reference set. In contrast to Kevin Bales' To Plead Our Own Cause: Personal Stories by Today's Slaves (Cornell University, 2008) and his second edition of New Slavery: A Reference Handbook (ABC-Clio, 2004), Rodriquez does not focus on first-hand slave accounts. Instead, while not neglecting those involved in modern slavery, the contributors to Slavery in the Modern World write in a less moralistic and more objective fashion and on a broader scale. According to the back cover, Slavery in the Modern World attempts to examine every angle of modern day slavery, covering the oppressed and oppressors, legislative policy, and other measures taken by agencies in the hopes of eradicating this egregious offense. The resulting reference title contains an impressive documents section containing primarily international resolutions and protocols. …

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