Third World Debt Problems; The Editors Comment

Authors

  • Cheryl Payer
  • - The Editors

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-028-04-1976-08_1

Keywords:

Imperialism

Abstract

PEONAGE. Although this term is frequently applied to various forms of forced labor, it should be used only to designate virtual involuntary servitude growing out of payment in work for debts incurred. The element of indebtedness is the chief attribute of peonage, while it is not necessarily a feature of slavery, serfdom, or contract labor. The period of servitude moreover is undetermined; it exists as long as the debt remains, whereas in the case of indentured or contract labor there is, at least in theory, a definite time limit. —Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences.

Published

1976-09-01

Issue

Section

Review of the Month