Introduction: Slavery, forced labour and resistance in Indian Ocean Africa and Asia1

  title={Introduction: Slavery, forced labour and resistance in Indian Ocean Africa and Asia1},
  author={Gwyn Campbell and Edward A. Alpers},
  journal={Slavery \& Abolition},
  pages={ix - xxvii}
Conventional Western historiography based on the Atlantic slave system has characterized the slave as a chattel who could be sold or transferred at will by the owner, and a capital asset who, through coercion, bore dividends both in productive labour and through reproduction. Some authors have considered that economies in which slave labour predominated were characterized by a ‘slave mode of production’. The slave/free divide, the major social division in slave-owning societies, was accentuated… 
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