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Geoslavery

  • By: Peter Fisher
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Stated simply, geoslavery occurs when a person or an institution takes control over the spatial activity of another person. The history of such control is long and has usually involved chains and walls to restrain and contain the victims. It is perhaps epitomized by the restriction of Jews to ghettos in Nazi-occupied Europe. In the early 21st century, with the advent of personal location devices such as mobile phones and global positioning systems (GPS), this control has become very personal, enabling one individual to easily monitor the location of another, control being achieved by threat or by retribution.

Tracking of individuals can be sanctioned by law and is enabled through criminal justice systems. Thus, offenders, who are released on license, can be tagged to ensure that ...

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