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The International Politics of Human Trafficking

Authors: Wylie, Gillian

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    • Identifies the gap between heightened rhetoric surrounding human trafficking and the evidence for the claims about it
    • Analyses the way trafficking discourses are being used in the European political response to the migration crisis
    • Traces the life-cycle of the anti-trafficking norm from emergence to becoming 'common knowledge' 

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This book explores the international politics behind the identification of human trafficking as a major global problem. Since 2000, tackling human trafficking has spawned new legal, security and political architecture. This book is grounded in the premise that the intense response to this issue is at odds with the shaky statistics and contentious definitions underpinning it. Given the disparity between architecture and evidence, Wylie asks why human trafficking has become widely understood as a threat to personal and state security in today's world. Relying on the idea of 'norm lifecycle' from constructivist International Relations, this volume traces the rise and impact of anti-trafficking activism. Global common knowledge about trafficking is now established, but at a cost. Taking issue with the predominant framing of trafficking as sexual exploitation, this book focuses on how contemporary globalization causes labour exploitation, while the concept of trafficking legitimates states' securitized responses to migration.

About the authors

Gillian Wylie is Assistant Professor of International Peace Studies in Trinity College Dublin. Her research and teaching interests span human trafficking and migration, international politics and gender issues as they relate to war and peace. 

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The International Politics of Human Trafficking
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-37775-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-37775-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-37774-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 197
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