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A Research Guide on Unfair/Unfree Labor


This research guide is for those researching coercive and exploitative labor across time periods and geographic locations. Students enrolled in Prof. Kylie Quave's Spring 2018 course Coercion & Exploitation: Material Histories of Labor (ANTH 375/CRIS 360) compiled these resources according to specific themes. Cross-cultural comparisons focus particularly on imperial, colonial, and postcolonial settings to examine the relationships between political, social, and economic power in the past and present. Disciplines from the social sciences and humanities provide sources and multiple voices and perspectives on unfair/unfree labor in past and present. 

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