A Cartography of Invisible Lives

Françoise Vergès

Abstract


Slave trade and slavery can be looked at as the first instance of the organization on a global scale of a mobile, racialized and gendered workforce that disrupted social and cultural categories of “free” and “unfree” labor, gender, sexuality and race. Looking at the long history of the entanglement between free and bonded labour renews our understanding of why trafficking human bodies and enslavement coexist alongside the post-Fordist organization of international divisions of labor.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25120/etropic.14.2.2015.3378

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