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About Sam Okyere

Sam Okyere is a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Nottingham. He is primarily interested in sociological, anthropological and policy analysis of childhood, child rights, human rights, social justice, (in)equality, globalisation, migration, racism and identity.

Articles by Sam Okyere

This week’s editor

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

To work without rights is to be powerless in the face of abuse

Domestic workers face many forms of abuse in Singapore, and their limited rights under the law give them few ways to protect themselves.

Time to take working children seriously

On the occasion of the IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour, it is time to listen to working children on what works for them – and what doesn’t.

‘Sankofa’: slavery and selective remembrance

Despite the clear historical evidence, both Britain and Ghana still sanitise memories of the brutality and suffering of the transatlantic slave trade.

Walk Free: measuring global slavery, or masking global hypocrisy?

The Walk Free Foundation claims to fight ‘modern slavery’ by measuring its extent, but is its index not just an exercise in political hypocrisy?

Trafficking and slavery interventions under the microscope

BTS editors introduce the ‘case studies and critique’ strand of our new project ‘possible futures’, which will open a window onto the ‘better practices’ found in the field today.

The gendered victims of (anti)trafficking

Beyond Slavery editors discuss the deep links between anti-trafficking campaigns and ideas of female victimisation to introduce their next issue on gender.

Are we really saving the children?

BTS editors introduce their issue on 'generations' by arguing that contemporary child savers often damage the children they seek to save because they operate under severely flawed assumptions.

The role of the state and law in trafficking and modern slavery

Beyond Slavery introduces its new issue on the state and the law, elements which not only define slavery but shape the channels through which it is addressed.

Fielding the wrong ball – culture as a cause of ‘modern slavery’

New abolitionists often attribute trafficking in certain areas to ‘cultural attitudes’. In doing so, they not only explain away the legacies of European and American colonialism. They also falsely differentiate between exploitation in some ‘bad’ parts of the world and similar practices in their own countries.

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