New Slavery: A Reference Handbook / Edition 2

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New Slavery: A Reference Handbook is as scholarly as it is shocking—a gripping account of modern slavery, from Pakistan to Paris, Nepal to New York. From bonded laborers in India and prostitutes in Thailand to illegal domestic workers in Kuwait, Tokyo, and London, this book surveys the grim and violent world of contemporary forced labor, human trafficking, and slavery.

More commonly associated with the horrors of 19th-century cotton plantations or Nazi concentration camps, slave labor remains alive and well. Despite antislavery laws in almost every country, slavery today is booming— fueled by poverty, war, organized crime, and globalization. This book is both a serious study and an essential guide for policy makers, human rights lawyers, labor activists, and all those concerned with the ongoing fight against this timeless evil.

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"New Slavery: A Reference Handbook should not only raise awareness and understanding about contemporary slavery, but should also act as a catalyst for change. This book is highly recommended for public, academic, and high school libraries." - American Reference Books Annual

This title is part of the attractive new series, Contemporary World Issues, which examines the current state and probable future of various social problems having global impact. Topics include food safety, urban sprawl, recycling, genetic engineering, and endangered species. This volume points out that the institution of enslavement is alive and well, even in the United States. Slavery has adapted to the times, taking on more insidious forms that skirt the law. Chapters explore racism, poverty, and gender discrimination as the major factors in perpetuating slavery, taking detailed looks at sweatshops, the illegal drug trade, forced labor in prisons, sexual abuse, and even religious and cultural traditions that foster victimization. Efforts of various antislavery movements also are discussed, including brief biographies of their founders and crusaders, who are successfully bringing injustices to light. A chronology reveals that in the first human records from more than nine thousand years ago, slave trading was already a fact of life. The text of a recent United Nations resolution condemning many forms of slavery, along with first-hand accounts from present-day victims, substantiates the continued prevalence of the institution. The book closes with a Web site directory of active organizations and a bibliography of the best videos and books on the subject. All titles in this series follow a similar structure that includes an overview, chronology, biographies, facts and documents (primary sources), and a directory of resources. The books are not to be read from cover to cover but can be browsed for specific information. The text is clear and the writing is concise, interesting, andunderstandable to the average middle school reader. Considering the comprehensive bibliographies and Web directories, this recommended reference would be a fine starting point for any researcher. Glossary. Index. Biblio. Chronology. 2001, ABC-CLIO, 225p. PLB Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Kevin Beach SOURCE: VOYA, June 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 2)
Noting that the practice of one person being forced to make money for another has been with humans in various forms since the earliest history, Bales (sociology, U. of Surrey Roehampton, London, England) provides background information on its contemporary manifestation. After surveying some examples of it, who is responsible for it, and who is working against it, he provides a chronology, biographical sketches, facts and documents, a directory of organizations, annotated bibliographies of print and non-print resources, and a brief glossary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851098156
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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