Differing Characteristics Of Slavery

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desertification of Mauritania tended to abandon their slave holdings because the depletion of their herds made it difficult to feed and house slaves (Citation, DOS Report). This narrative presents slavery as a consequent of regional and economic factors such that slave owners are not necessarily Arab, but are land owners.
Incongruous Narratives of Slavery and Differing Characteristics of Masters and Slaves
The three narratives posited above present three different explanations for the social conditions that begat and propagate slavery. And while narrative one and narrative two identify the main differentiating characteristic between masters and slaves as ethnic and racial, the third predominant narrative differentiates masters and slaves
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While this appears to be a self-evident definition there are two major considerations which complicate the process of defining slaves. First the conceptual definition for victims of slavery must context-specific because slavery does not necessarily manifest itself in the across cultures and societies. To concretize this, prevailing Western conceptions of slavery are informed by the transatlantic slave trade where African slaves were kidnapped and sold into life-long bondage with little no possibility of liberation (citation, Sex Drugs and Body counts (trafficking in numbers). However South East Asian and East Asian slavery did not necessarily result in hereditary subjugation. The traditions of slavery in China for example, enabled slaves to work themselves out of bondage and slaves were not understood as chattel (Citation, Sex Drugs Body Counts Trafficking in Numbers). In order to capture the population of enslaved people in a certain society it becomes essential that the theoretical concept of slavery used is congruent with the social formulations of slavery within the community of interest (Citation, HoeglundOegurg- systematic data collection). This however is not enough when defining slavery. The operationalization of the definition must be robust enough to ensure capture of individuals- either slave owners or slaves- who have incentive to misrepresent the status of a potential slave. Consequently such …show more content…
In order to measure enslaved populations , and determine the characteristics of these populations it is essential to know how many people exist in each stage of enslavement and their probability of entering the next stage; furthermore we must also have address the qualitative question of how an individual enters and passes from one stage to the other (citation, Pedersen and Sommerfelt 2001 cited within Data and Research on Human Trafficking ). The difficulty arises here in the comparative analysis of those individuals both within and outside these stages. It is necessary to compare the population of enslaved persons with those non-enslaved as well as how variations of different social, economic, and individual influence the probability of entering the next stage of enslavement (Citation, Data and Research on Human Trafficking). And since victims of enslavement experience varied levels of violence, coercion, and exploitation we must also understand how these factors influence their transitions through the enslavement process (Citation, Data and Research on Human

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