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Contemporary Slavery: Popular Rhetoric and Political Practice

Contemporary Slavery: Popular Rhetoric and Political Practice

"Law and Society" series

  • academic
  • history-politics-current-affairs
  • legal

Contemporary slavery has recently and unexpectedly emerged as a source of both popular fascination and a spur to political mobilization.

This volume brings together a cast of leading experts to carefully explore how the history and iconography of slavery has been invoked to support a series of government interventions, activist projects, legal instruments, and rhetorical performances. However well-intentioned these interventions might be, they nonetheless remain subject to a host of limitations and complications. Recent efforts to combat contemporary slavery are too often sensationalist, self-serving, and superficial. The widely held notion that anti-slavery is one of those rare issues that “transcends” politics or ideology is only sustainable because the underlying issues at stake have been constructed and demarcated in a way that minimizes direct challenges to dominant political and economic interests. This must change.

By providing an original approach to the underlying issues at stake, this book will help readers understand the political practices that have been concealed beneath the popular rhetoric and establishes new conversations between scholars of slavery and trafficking and scholars of human rights and social movements.


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Additional Information

number of pages: 396

publication date: 07/01/2017

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book