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Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy / Edition 1
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Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy / Edition 1

by Kevin Bales
 

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ISBN-10: 0520243846

ISBN-13: 9780520243842

Pub. Date: 11/16/2004

Publisher: University of California Press

Slavery is illegal throughout the world, yet more than twenty-seven million people are still trapped in one of historys oldest social institutions. Kevin Baless disturbing story of slavery today reaches from brick kilns in Pakistan and brothels in Thailand to the offices of multinational corporations. His investigation of conditions in Mauritania, Brazil, Thailand,

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Slavery is illegal throughout the world, yet more than twenty-seven million people are still trapped in one of historys oldest social institutions. Kevin Baless disturbing story of slavery today reaches from brick kilns in Pakistan and brothels in Thailand to the offices of multinational corporations. His investigation of conditions in Mauritania, Brazil, Thailand, Pakistan, and India reveals the tragic emergence of a new slavery, one intricately linked to the global economy. The new slaves are not a long-term investment as was true with older forms of slavery, explains Bales. Instead, they are cheap, require little care, and are disposable. Three interrelated factors have helped create the new slavery. The enormous population explosion over the past three decades has flooded the worlds labor markets with millions of impoverished, desperate people. The revolution of economic globalization and modernized agriculture has dispossessed poor farmers, making them and their families ready targets for enslavement. And rapid economic change in developing countries has bred cor-ruption and violence, destroying social rules that might once have protected the most vulnerable individuals. Baless vivid case studies present actual slaves, slaveholders, and public officials in well-drawn historical, geographical, and cultural contexts. He observes the complex economic relationships of modern slavery and is aware that liberation is a bitter victory for a child prostitute or a bondaged miner if the result is starvation. Bales offers suggestions for combating the new slavery and provides examples of very positive results from organizations such as Anti-Slavery International, the Pastoral Land Commission in Brazil, and the Human Rights Commission in Pakistan. He also calls for researchers to follow the flow of raw materials and products from slave to marketplace in order to effectively target campaigns of naming and shaming corporations linked to slavery. Disposable People is the first book to point the way toabolishing slavery in todays global economy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520243842
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/16/2004
Edition description:
First Edition, Revised Edition, With a New Preface
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1.The New Slavery1
2.Thailand: Because She Looks Like a Child34
3.Mauritania: Old Times There Are Not Forgotten80
4.Brazil: Life on the Edge121
5.Pakistan: When Is a Slave Not a Slave?149
6.India: The Ploughman's Lunch195
7.What Can Be Done232
Coda: Five Things You Can Do to Stop Slavery263
Appendix 1A Note on Research Methods265
Appendix 2Excerpts from International Conventions on Slavery275
Notes279
Acknowledgments289
Index291

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