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About Marco Gardini

Marco Gardini is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Milan Bicocca. His research investigates the legacies of slavery on the highlands of Madagascar and explores continuities and discontinuities in forms of labour exploitation.

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Shadows of slavery: refractions of the past, challenges of the present

The past of slavery has many presents, and the present of exploitation many pasts. This collection brings together five years worth of research into how the legacies of 19th-century enslavement interact with contemporary bondage and exploitation.

Shadows of slavery part four: global capitalism and modern slavery

This fourth section of our collection Shadows of Slavery takes a step back from empirical case studies to explore neoliberal capitalism's reliance on an irregular, migratory workforce as a whole. 

Shadows of slavery part three: labour exploitation in global agriculture

This third section of our collection Shadows of Slavery explores how social and economic relations bind people to the wrong side of agricultural value chains.

Working for former masters in Madagascar: a ‘win-win’ game for former slaves?

Workers and landowners in the Malagasy highlands see sharecropping as an arrangement where both benefit, but that only holds as long as the former masters benefit most.

Struggling on the wrong side of the chain: labour exploitation in global agriculture

This week’s special series discusses the working conditions, the dynamics of exploitation, and the degree of unfreedom of those trapped on the wrong side of local and global agriculture value chains.

Malagasy domestic workers: from slavery to exploitation and further emancipation?

The life histories of slave descendants in Madagascar help us understand how legacies of slavery contribute to contemporary patterns of exploitation. They illuminate ongoing and everyday struggles against socio-economic subordination.

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