Rethinking Trafficking In Women

Rethinking Trafficking In Women

by Claudia Aradau
     
 

What should be done about trafficking in women? Rethinking Trafficking in Women argues that the question to be asked is, 'What cannot be done about trafficking in women?' Exploring the complex relationship between security, subjectivity and politics, Aradau argues that security practices reproduce a politics of unfreedom and inequality. Politics out of security, on

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What should be done about trafficking in women? Rethinking Trafficking in Women argues that the question to be asked is, 'What cannot be done about trafficking in women?' Exploring the complex relationship between security, subjectivity and politics, Aradau argues that security practices reproduce a politics of unfreedom and inequality. Politics out of security, on the contrary, is formulated around universality, equality and freedom. In the situation of trafficking, the equality and universality of work disrupt the specification of difference and of particularized subjectivity upon which security practices rely. Aradau emphasizes that the reduction of politics to security limits struggles for equality and freedom and entrenches divisions and boundaries in the world.

About the Author:
Claudia Aradau is Lecturer in International Studies at The Open University, UK

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

'Claudia Aradau is one of the most innovative thinkers in security studies today. Alternating between a provocative but highly insightful analysis of the securitising of trafficking of women and an incisive critique of recent developments in security studies, she argues that politics in the name of security is counter-productive, if not impossible. This is a wonderfully rich and topical book that firmly redefines both security studies and studies of trafficking of women as a study of political practice and the political.' - Jef Huysmans, Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics and International Studies, Open University, UK and author of The Politics of Insecurity

'Aradau offers a complex, multifaceted account of how security policies, practices and discourses touch the bodies of women defined as trafficked [providing] a comprehensive set of practical and theoretical elements

to strategize a way out of security.'

Guillermina Seri, Radical Philosophy 150, July/August 2008

'Combining the analysis of trafficking with an engaged account of recent security debates, and building on an extensive reading of political and social theory, Rethinking Trafficking in Women: Politics Out of Security is an impressive as well as an ambitious book.'

Lene Hansen, Cooperation and Conflict: Journal of the Nordic International Studies Association

Vol. 43: 2008

'Aradau's book provides some fascinating [...] material on the practices of

non-governmental organisations (NGOs) involved in the rescue, return and

rehabilitation of trafficked women.'

Julia O'Connell Davidson, feminist review 96: 2010

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230267237
Publisher:
Palgrave-UK-USA
Publication date:
02/14/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
271 KB

Meet the Author

CLAUDIA ARADAU is Lecturer in International Studies at The Open University, UK. Her work explores the implications of contemporary security practices, from human trafficking and migration to the war in terror, and reflects on the possibility of politics beyond the horizon of security.

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