Dependence, Unfreedom, and Slavery in Africa: Toward an Integrated Analysis

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Abstract

The three books reviewed in this article seek to provide interpretations of dependence, unfreedom and slavery in African societies. But they reach different conclusions; bring different methodological frameworks to bear on the circumstances they examine; and – when they are concerned with policy questions – propose different remedies. A comparison of these books is useful not only for understanding African dependence and unfreedom, but also for rethinking critically the approaches of some of the main contemporary strands of research on these phenomena.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-590
Number of pages20
JournalAfrica
Volume86
Issue number3
Early online date1 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016

Keywords

  • freedom, unfreedom, slavery, dependence, africa