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Contemporary Slavery

Popular Rhetoric and Political Practice

Contemporary slavery has emerged as a source of fascination and a spur to political mobilization. This volume brings together experts to carefully explore how the language of slavery has been invoked to support a series of government interventions, activist projects, legal instruments, and rhetorical and visual performances. However well-intentioned these interventions might be, they remain subject to a host of limitations and complications. Recent efforts to combat slavery are too often sensationalist, self-serving, and superficial and end up failing the test of speaking truth to power. Bringing about lasting change will require direct challenges to dominant political and economic interests.


396 pages

Law and Society


Table of Contents

Part 1: The Cause of Contemporary Slavery

1 Contemporary Slavery as More than Rhetorical Strategy? The Politics and Ideology of a New Political Cause / Annie Bunting and Joel Quirk

2 Contemporary Slavery and its Definition in Law / Jean Allain

3 When Human Trafficking Means Everything and Nothing / Joel Quirk

4 Asylum and the “Forced Marriage” Paradox: Gender-Based Harm and Contemporary Slavery in Forced Conjugal Associations / Benjamin Lawrance

Part 2: Rhetoric

5 Narrating Wartime Enslavement, Forced Marriage and Modern Slavery / Annie Bunting

6 Show and Tell: Contemporary Anti-Slavery Advocacy As Symbolic Work / Fuyuki Kurasawa

7 Methodological Debates in Human Rights Research: A Case Study of Human Trafficking in South Africa / Darshan Vigneswaran

8 Reparative Justice and the Post-Conflict Phase of Modern Slavery / Roy Brooks

Part 3: Practice

9 Modern Slavery From a Management Perspective: The Role of Industry Context and Organizational Capabilities / Andrew Crane

10 State Enslavement in North Korea / Rhoda Howard-Hassmann

11 Letting Go: How Elites Manage Challenges to Contemporary Slavery / Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick

12 Child Domestic Labour: Work Like Any Other, Work Like No Other / Jonathan Blagbrough

Appendix / Bibliography / Index

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