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Rethinking Trafficking in Women
Politics out of Security
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
14 Feb 2008
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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.


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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.


Reviews

'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


Contents

Introduction: On the Contradictions of Trafficking in Women
Problematizing Trafficking in Women: In the Absence of Security?
Problematizing Security: The Presence of an Absence
Unmaking Security: Desecuritization, Emancipation, Ethics
Subjects, Knowledge, Resistance
The Politics of Equality
The Politics of (Ambiguous) Universality
The Politics of Freedom
Conclusion: Politics Happens


Authors

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.