Stuart Franklin Wol Deng who was captured and taken into slavery at a very young age and was redeemed in the past months. Chris Steele-Perkins Comfort women. She was 17 years old and working on a farm harvesting when she was taken by a Japanese soldier. She was put in a room with 15 other girls and then taken to Shanghai and There she was frequently beaten for resisting and this has damaged her eyesight. She had to have sex every day of the year. When she finally came home both her parents had died. Jim Goldberg Kids huffing in the outskirts of Kiev.
Kevin Bales's disturbing story of slavery today reaches from brick kilns in Pakistan and brothels in Thailand to the offices of multinational corporations. His investigation of conditions in Mauritania, Brazil, Thailand, Pakistan, and India reveals the tragic emergence of a "new slavery," one intricately linked to the global economy.
The new slaves are not a long-term investment as was true with older forms of slavery, explains Bales. Instead, they are cheap, require little care, and are disposable. Three interrelated factors have helped create the new slavery. The enormous population explosion over the past three decades has flooded the world's labor markets with millions of impoverished, desperate people.
The revolution of economic globalization and modernized agriculture has dispossessed poor farmers, making them and their families ready targets for enslavement. And rapid economic change in developing countries has bred corruption and violence, destroying social rules that might once have protected the most vulnerable individuals. Bales's vivid case studies present actual slaves, slaveholders, and public officials in well-drawn historical, geographical, and cultural contexts.
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He observes the complex economic relationships of modern slavery and is aware that liberation is a bitter victory for a child prostitute or a bondaged miner if the result is starvation. Bales offers suggestions for combating the new slavery and provides examples of very positive results from organizations such as Anti-Slavery International, the Pastoral Land Commission in Brazil, and the Human Rights Commission in Pakistan.
He also calls for researchers to follow the flow of raw materials and products from slave to marketplace in order to effectively target campaigns of "naming and shaming" corporations linked to slavery. It's not the book's fault, I swear! This is a good and important book and you should read it! I am just in a rut when it comes to reading and I can't do this right now. I read to page and it took me months because I would pick the book up, read a few pages, and set it aside again. I'm just not in an emotionally receptive place right now.
It's weighing heavy on my heart that is already weighed down.
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I have to come to terms with the fact that in this instance knowledge is not making me a better activist; it is immobilizing me with depression. That's not quite fair to say as the depression was pre-exisiting, but the result is the same. Jun 03, mis fit rated it liked it Shelves: Jan 03, Pete rated it really liked it. This book's strength lies a in exposing the variety of slavery in today's world, b not overstating his argument, and c proposing concrete actions for readers. Five chapters detail five different kinds of slavery with facts and without hyperbole.
Bales as much as admits to one weakness of the argument. Only the conditions in Mauritania will strike most readers as true slavery, rather than wage slavery or exploitation though the sex workers in Thailand are perhaps in worse conditions than the This book's strength lies a in exposing the variety of slavery in today's world, b not overstating his argument, and c proposing concrete actions for readers. Only the conditions in Mauritania will strike most readers as true slavery, rather than wage slavery or exploitation though the sex workers in Thailand are perhaps in worse conditions than the slaves of Mauritania.
More should be made of the situation in Mauritania, where the U. If he is going to take on the kind of exploitation taking place in Brazil, he should expand the argument further to draw parallels with more common forms of wage slavery and economic exploitation.
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Aug 11, Michael Griswold rated it really liked it. Kevin Bales takes the reader on an emotional and heartfelt journey to several places throughout the world including India, Tailand, and Brazil among others where we met people who are being used and then disposed of when they have no use anymore because the man can always get another sex slave from Taiwain or another charcol maker from Brazil because conditions of poverty and a desperate wanting of a better life for their family will always lure more people into the new slavery.
I like books tha Kevin Bales takes the reader on an emotional and heartfelt journey to several places throughout the world including India, Tailand, and Brazil among others where we met people who are being used and then disposed of when they have no use anymore because the man can always get another sex slave from Taiwain or another charcol maker from Brazil because conditions of poverty and a desperate wanting of a better life for their family will always lure more people into the new slavery.
I like books that can mix statistics with actual human stories because it is one thing to say x is a problem because xx percent of people live like y. It is quite another to look at a girl like Siri or a family of charcol workers and Brazil and not say that slavery is still a problem. Nov 14, Cherie rated it really liked it Shelves: A- Recently, someone sent me some thing "How many slaves do you have" and it was abt how slaves supported everyone's lifestyle, w clothes, food, tea, electronics, whatever.
Bales does an excellent job dealing with a difficult topic - it's obvious which side he takes, but he is really great, factual. It is divided into sections abt different types of slaves in different countries. Often, you meet individual A- Recently, someone sent me some thing "How many slaves do you have" and it was abt how slaves supported everyone's lifestyle, w clothes, food, tea, electronics, whatever. Often, you meet individual slaves which provides a clearer picture of the situation. Apr 11, Marcelaine rated it really liked it Shelves: Please borrow this book from me.
Slavery did not end in the s. Jul 02, Laura rated it liked it. This is a very interesting and enlightening book. If you've ever thought of slavery and thought about the various ways it presents itself in the world this book will give your thoughts some clarity. Even if you haven't thought about slavery this will educate you and will in moments make your stomach sink. Slavery isn't gone as many think it has. In the beginning the author states that even though this is a research book he has written it in such a way that people can read it and become engaged in This is a very interesting and enlightening book.
In the beginning the author states that even though this is a research book he has written it in such a way that people can read it and become engaged in the subject matter. I believe he has done a good job at creating the book he wanted. I am feeling more educated on slavery and how slavery manifests itself in different countries.
I am disheartened to learn that the country I love the most uses slaves to manage it's sugar cane fields. I don't know what I will do about slavery after finishing this book but I am more aware now and with awareness comes change. Sep 20, Sarah Dinwiddie rated it it was amazing.
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Upset about racism whether you're a person of color or otherwise? It made me recognize how essential it is to bring this issue to the forefront in our politics, and how doing so could have a profou Upset about income inequality? It made me recognize how essential it is to bring this issue to the forefront in our politics, and how doing so could have a profound positive impact in pretty much every sphere of society.
May 20, Randi rated it it was amazing Shelves: An incredibly heavy and horrifying look at modern slavery. I gave the book 5 stars for it's scope, covering everything from the cultural histories and mores that allow for these "new" forms of slavery, to assuring The West that they aren't innocent, to describing programs that do and don't work to combat slavery, to the effects of globalization and rapid population growth, and what we can do now. Jul 28, Carolyn rated it liked it. I had to read this for a class and it was very enlightening.
It opened my eyes to modern day slavery. What I didn't like about the book was the fact that the author kept repeating himself over and over and over and over again. Sep 05, Hdawg rated it it was amazing. Disposable People is not a book to be handled lightly. It is not a literary work and does not try to be; instead, it is both a presentation of facts of which too few people are aware in a culture where information is widely exchanged and an analysis of those facts.
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As far as the author's writing goes, for whatever it lacks stylistically, it is clear, and his points and suppositions are easily comprehended. Where his assessment of contemporary slavery and his proposed methods of eradicating it ar Disposable People is not a book to be handled lightly.
Where his assessment of contemporary slavery and his proposed methods of eradicating it are concerned, my own ignorance in the field prevents me from making any educated analysis. The book's scope includes five specific areas of enslavement in five different countries: In each chapter the author focuses on the selected industry in which slavery plays such a key role, delving into both the experiences of the slaves and the details of individual slave-based businesses, but he also pulls back to provide cultural, economic, and historical contexts for each particular type of bondage.
Individual instances of slavery are tied together with financial details and historical trends that give a concrete picture of how local slaves are intrinsically connected to the global economy. I found the explanations of how international trade sustains national trade which is in turn sustaining local trade based on slavery to be enlightening, and my lack of familiarity with economics did not make the information difficult to understand.
Slavery is — in the same book — objectively overviewed and made intensely personal. The stories of individual slaves are shared, and transcripts of conversations and interviews with slaveholders, slaves, and former slaves alike are presented; the conversations, often held under guise of deception on the part of the interviewers, are both gripping and revealing. While some might find the book overly emotional and others might believe it discouraging, I thought it neither. In creating a summation of a situation so diametrically opposed to the sympathetic nature of any humanistically-inclined writer, it would be difficult to entirely exclude a personal response, and while the majority of the text is devoid of emotional involvement the opinion of the author does at times emerge, and strongly.
He concludes with a chapter addressing the responsibility of the citizens in first-world countries for slavery in all countries, and emphasises the need for people to begin to be mindful on an individual level of how they consume resources that many of us take for granted, even when the resource in question is as superfluous as a chocolate bar obtained at a gas station or a supply of coffee selected at a supermarket.
More than mere insistence on paying attention to labels, though, he explains how mindless purchases can feed back into an economy sustained by slave labour, and how the financial returns that occur on an individual level will either encourage or discourage the maintenance of slaves around the world. He makes no insistent claims of an easy cure for a global dilemma, and his failure to pull any optimistic punches might convey a bleak prospect for the future, but I found his pragmatic approach to the situation at large more encouraging than depressing.
Slavery is not something that can be promptly disposed of at the whim of a small segment of the current population, but over time, given gradual adjustment to cultures and economies, there is the potential for its elimination. Having some of those methods of adjustment sketched at the conclusion of the book effectively curtails the sense of helpless rage that can arise from awareness of the unbridled atrocity created and maintained by widespread and commonly accepted enslavement.
Throughout the chapters a moderate amount of repetitiveness surfaces, but some of that redundancy stems from the author's attempt to create a continuum of facts reflecting his own careful strategy for research a strategy which he outlines in one of the included appendices.
The content of the book is somewhat dated, since the material was collected in the mid-nineties; however, it remains a cogent and informative introduction to the topic of modern slavery and its political, economic, and personal connexions. Dec 16, Felecia Woolens rated it it was amazing. Love, love, loved this from beginning to end. I only wish that I was in a better physical position to help more!!! Mauritania, Thailand, and Pakistan were particularly captivating, but each chapter shed a clear enough glimpse of the residuals of globalization.
This book should be presented to school children or a must read in collegial social sciences. Jun 23, Amy rated it really liked it. The topic is very depressing but the writing is engaging. However, he has a tendency to be overly redundant. It's already a very long book--took me almost 3 weeks to complete it; some editing really needs to be done to eradicate some of the redundancies, especially in the chapters on Thailand, Pakistan and the final chapter on "what can be done.
The edition I read was published in Since then, the global population has expanded, and as global trade treaties are established and the extreme inequality between the very rich and very poor has expanded, it would seem to me that more people than the quoted "27 million" slaves have become victims to this problem.
The author only scratches the surface of slavery in his anecdotes. He writes about brothels in Thailand, coal producers in Brazil, brick makers in Pakistan, farmers in India, and "old style" slavery in Mauritania. Combined reading of this book and the previous book I read about sex trafficking makes me realize that forcing people to work in horrible conditions without any human rights and no pay or reward is a disease that is spread worldwide and, in total, far surpasses the crimes committed by the Nazis against concentration camp victims in World War II.
There are far too many people in this world that live in constant fear, hunger, illness, without dignity and without hope because they are constantly being held captive and being forced to do work that is dangerous and without compensation. Apr 15, DoctorM rated it really liked it Shelves: Although a bit dated the research dates from the mids , this is an important introduction to a world of forced and unfree labour.
I might wish that Bales had used "forced labour" rather than "slavery" here, since as he acknowledges , with the exception of the chapter on Mauretania, the slavery one usually thinks of chattel slavery, as in Rome or the Old South isn't the topic of the book. The book's key chapters are on the rise of forced labour in countries at the edge of the global mark Although a bit dated the research dates from the mids , this is an important introduction to a world of forced and unfree labour.
The book's key chapters are on the rise of forced labour in countries at the edge of the global market high-intensity, short-term, "disposable" bound labour. The book could've used another chapter or two more on unfree factory labour, and more on the sugar fields of the Dominican Republic.