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A full freedom: Contemporary survivors' definitions of slavery

Nicholson, Andrea; Dang, Minh; Trodd, Zoe

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Minh Dang

Professor of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking


© 2018 The Author(s). This article examines key debates on the legal definition of slavery from the perspective of survivors. This group has previously not been included in the debates on slavery definitions. By drawing upon new interviews we have conducted with survivors and an analysis of hundreds of historical and contemporary slave narratives, the article resolves this critical oversight. Our analysis maps survivors' ideas onto existing definitions, and we argue that a survivor-informed definition can expand our understanding of the nature of slavery and, therefore, shape antislavery policies and practice.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Jul 2, 2018
Online Publication Date Nov 23, 2018
Publication Date Dec 14, 2018
Deposit Date Sep 5, 2018
Publicly Available Date Nov 24, 2020
Journal Human Rights Law Review
Print ISSN 1461-7781
Electronic ISSN 1744-1021
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 4
Pages 689-704
Keywords Contemporary slavery; Narratives; Testimonies; Interviews; Definitions; Law; Wellbeing; Human rights
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