The subject of servitude in the Indian Ocean is still understudied and whatever has been produced is largely regionally exclusive to India. Slave in a Palanquin by Nira Wickramasinghe is a substantial attempt to fill that gap. It makes an effort to examine slavery and servitude outside Indian borders by using Sri Lanka as a case study. Wickramasinghe's work is substantially different from the earlier works on labor servitude in the Indian Ocean colonies, such as Gyan Prakash's Bonded Histories: Genealogies of Labour Servitude in Colonial India, which demonstrates how, following the abolition of slavery in India in 1843, enslaved rural agricultural laborers known as “Kamia” became indebted labor and thus so-called free labor, although still tied to a master household. It also speaks to Matthias van Rossum et al.’s Testimonies of Enslavement: Sources on Slavery from Indian Ocean World, which shows how enslavement and enslavability was inherent...

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