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The Abolition of Bonded Labour and Slavery in India. From ‘Poor Law’ to a Fundamental Right – the Gradual Changes of an Institution, 1843-1990

Molfenter, Christine

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Abstract

This dissertation focuses on the development of policies against bonded labour and slavery in India between 1843 and the 1990s. Starting with the abolition of the slave trade by the British in 1833, the author argues that the following developments of the policies and the interpretation of the high courts of anti-slavery legislation, incrementally changed over the period of 200 years. Taking a historical institutionalist approach, this work suggests an adaptation of the theory of gradual institutional change developed by Thelen, Mahoney and Streeck and tests it to the case of the abolition of slavery in India with a particular focus on bonded labour.

Item Type: Dissertation
Supervisor: Mitra, Prof. Dr. Subrata K.
Place of Publication: Heidelberg
Date of thesis defense: 15 November 2019
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2020 13:27
Date: 2020
Faculties / Institutes: The Faculty of Economics and Social Studies > Institute of Political Science
Subjects: 320 Political science
950 General history of Asia Far East
Controlled Keywords: Sklaverei, Schuldknechtschaft, Indien, Bonded Labour, Slavery, Workman’s Breach of Contract Act of 1859, Indian high courts, India, colonialism, gradual institutional change, Bonded Labour System Abolition Act, Constituent Assembly of India
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