What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Slavery?
In this scintillating little book, O’Connell Davidson sketches out the relationship between slavery, racism and modernity. In so doing, she picks apart facile solutions to ‘modern slavery’ offered by philanthropists, police departments and NGOs, and instead demands we think more seriously about the structure of global capitalism and the afterlives of transatlantic slavery and colonialism. This brilliant book clarifies the term ‘modern slavery’, clearing some of the ground on our path to freedom.
What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Slavery? brilliantly distills how to interpret the phenomenon of slavery and its relationship to freedom struggles both in past epochs and our current moment. By differentiating between the languages of modern slavery and slavery’s afterlives, Julia O’Connell Davidson underscores the policy stakes for abolitionists rejecting slavery in all its forms and enslaved humans whom, their condition notwithstanding, constantly reaffirm calls for reparatory justice and unapologetically declare that their lives and personhood matter.