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Human Rights Interventions

Constructing Human Trafficking

Evangelicals, Feminists, and an Unexpected Alliance

Authors: Lobasz, Jennifer K.

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    • Offers an empirically novel account of the US framing of trafficking as a response to Evangelical attempts to widen the frame
      • Speaks to an urgent transnational issue of concern to activists, voters and policymakers around the globe
        • Contributes to theoretical debates on feminism and poststructuralism in international relations
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        Human trafficking has come to be seen as a growing threat, and transnational advocacy networks opposed to human trafficking have succeeded in establishing trafficking as a pressing political problem. The meaning of human trafficking, however, remains an object of significant—and heated—contestation. This project draws upon feminist and poststructuralist international relations theories to offer a genealogy of U.S. neo-abolitionism. The analysis examines activist campaigns, legislative and policy debates, and legislation surrounding human trafficking and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act in order to argue that the dominant US framing of trafficking as prostitution and sex slavery is not as hegemonic as scholars and activists commonly argue. In fact, constructions of human trafficking have become more amenable to reconfiguration, paradoxically in large part because of Evangelical attempts to widen the frame. This is an empirically novel and theoretically rich account of an urgent transnational issue of concern to activists, voters and policymakers around the globe. 

        About the authors

        Jennifer K. Lobasz is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science & International Relations and the Department of Women & Gender Studies at the University of Delaware, USA.

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        “This book is a must-read for anyone (scholar, practitioner, student) interested in trafficking and sex work. It includes the clearest and most effective analysis of feminist abolitionism that I have read. Lobasz also deftly balances a critical exploration of the contested nature of anti-trafficking discourses with what she calls a ‘generous’ account of these discourses, so as to thoughtfully engage with audiences that are not already convinced by the critiques.” (Meghana V. Nayak, Professor of Political Science, Chair of Women's and Gender Studies, Pace University, USA)

        Constructing Human Trafficking will change the way you think about trafficking. With lively prose and fascinating historical detail, Jennifer K. Lobasz narrates the emergence of trafficking as a humanitarian concern, and shows how its depoliticization became the basis of an unlikely alliance between feminists and evangelical Christians. An important book for anyone engaged in the problem of trafficking.” (Cara Daggett, Department of Political Science, Virginia Tech, USA)

        Constructing Human Trafficking is a unique and singular contribution—it demonstrates that even a concept that seems straightforward like ‘human trafficking’ has both constructed and contested meanings. Lobasz’s discourse analysis is thorough and revealing, and provides crucial insights to any feminist—or any policymaker—interested in taking trafficking seriously.” (Laura Sjoberg, Department of Political Science, University of Florida, USA)

        Table of contents (6 chapters)

        Table of contents (6 chapters)

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        eBook 59,49 €
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        • ISBN 978-3-319-91737-5
        • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
        • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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        • Immediate eBook download after purchase
        Hardcover 74,89 €
        price for Germany (gross)
        • ISBN 978-3-319-91736-8
        • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
        • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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        Bibliographic Information

        Bibliographic Information
        Book Title
        Constructing Human Trafficking
        Book Subtitle
        Evangelicals, Feminists, and an Unexpected Alliance
        Authors
        Series Title
        Human Rights Interventions
        Copyright
        2019
        Publisher
        Palgrave Macmillan
        Copyright Holder
        The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
        eBook ISBN
        978-3-319-91737-5
        DOI
        10.1007/978-3-319-91737-5
        Hardcover ISBN
        978-3-319-91736-8
        Edition Number
        1
        Number of Pages
        XV, 210
        Topics