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Case studies and critique
Beyond Trafficking and Slavery offers up dozens of empirically- and theoretically-derived critical reflections on forced labour, prostitution, child labour, trafficking, and other conditions discursively constructed as modern forms of slavery. Our agenda has not simply been to produce or elicit counter-hegemonic narratives, but to do so constructively. Wary of the ‘ivory tower’ critique so often slung against academic interventions of this kind, many authors have sought to highlight the practical lessons of their research. They have done so with the hope of providing practitioners, politicians, and activists with ‘actionable’ alternatives to their current strategies, ones that are more sensitive to the rights and wishes of the ‘victims’.
The well, thankfully, has not yet run dry. Over the next months this section will publish a steady stream of articles that suggest ‘better’ responses than those currently dominating the ‘modern slavery’ landscape. We need to stress that none of what follows should be read as BTS’ idea of ‘the way forward’. We don’t believe in silver bullets. What we propose, therefore, is a set of case studies drawn from research evidence, advocacy campaigns, and policy implementation that offer situated insights into ‘better practice’. Read on...