Corpus ID: 153876895

Introduction: Ransoming Practices in Africa: Past and Present

  title={Introduction: Ransoming Practices in Africa: Past and Present},
  author={J. Lofkrantz},
  journal={African Economic History},
  pages={1 - 10}
The expectation of ransom, and therefore the study of ransoming, highlights the relationship between captivity, enslavement, and slavery. All societies had norms regarding who could be legally, and therefore who was illegally, taken captive and enslaved. They also had a desire to protect from captivity and enslavement individuals they considered to be "insiders;" whether that status was based on citizenship, ethnicity, religion, or racial identity. To avoid captivity, which often led to… Expand