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A celebrated revolution brought freedom to a group of enslaved people in northern India - or did it?

Millions of people around the world today are enslaved; nearly eight million of them live in India, more than anywhere else. This book is the story of a small group of enslaved villagers in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, who founded their own town of Azad Nagar after staging a rebellion against their slaveholders. International organizations championed this as a nonviolent 'silent revolution' that inspired other villagers to fight for their own freedom. But Laura T. Murphy, a leading scholar of contemporary global slavery, who spent years researching and teaching about Azad Nagar, found that whispers and deflections suggested there was something troubling about Azad Nagar's success.

Murphy embarks on a Rashomon-like retelling - a complex, constantly changing narrative of a murder that captures better than any sanitized account just why it is that slavery continues to exist in the 21st century. Azad Nagar's enormous struggle to gain and maintain liberty shows why it is unrealistic to expect radical change without violent protest - and how a global construction boom is deepening and broadening the alienation of impoverished people around the world.

Brave and brilliant - BASHARAT PEER

A powerful, damning account of economic growth, beautifully told - ALPA SHAH

Product Details

Title: Azad Nagar
Author: Laura T. Murphy
SKU: BK0444875
EAN: 9789354895371
Language: English
Binding: Paperback

About Author

LauraT. Murphy is Professor of Human Rights and Contemporary Slavery at the HelenaKennedy Centre for International Justice at Sheffield Hallam University in theUK. She is the author of The New Slave Narrative: The Battle OverRepresentations of Contemporary Slavery, Survivors of Slavery: Modern-Day SlaveNarratives, and Metaphor and the Slave Trade in Western African Literature. Herwork has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the BritishAcademy, and the National Humanities Center. 

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