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Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy

Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Bales

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"Sober, well-researched, pioneering . . . A convincing and moving book." - The Financial Times


Slavery is illegal throughout the world, yet more than twenty-seven million people are still trapped in one of history's oldest social institutions. 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. 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. Disposable People is the first book to point the way to abolishing slavery in today's global economy.

All of the author's royalties from this book go to fund anti-slavery projects around the world.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 771 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: University of California Press; Auflage: 3 (28. April 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Understanding Slavery in Today's Global Economy 28. August 2013
Von April McCallum - Veröffentlicht auf
In DISPOSABLE PEOPLE: New Slavery in the Global Economy, abolitionist and author Kevin Bales makes a clarion call for the ending of modern-day slavery around the world.

This book is well researched and documented through the author's personal experience going undercover to meet slaves and slaveholders. His investigation of slavery took him around the globe to Mauritania, Brazil, Thailand, Pakistan, and India.

Even with the resurgence of an abolitionist movement in modern times, the fact is, there are an estimated 27 million people living in slavery around the globe, yet many still escape our awareness or acknowledgement. Why?

Bales argues that the increasing globalization of the economy--supply and demand--has fueled the "need" for coerced labor in the global supply chain, including forced child labor and debt bondage. What many readers will find interesting is his economic rationale for why slavery is not as profitable or sustainable as fair labor practices.

In what is referred to as the emergence of a "new slavery," he asserts that modern-day slaves, unlike traditional forms of slavery, are not always considered a long-term investment. That means human beings lose their value. Many are viewed by slave masters as cheap, usable and sometimes (as in the case of sex slavery) reusable, "disposable" people.

Bales also illuminates the urgent need to raise individual and global social consciousness by connecting the dots from the slave to the end-user. He challenges our norms, by highlighting the necessity to re-think our purchase and consumption habits and preferences, and how supply and demand can directly affect slavery. The book challenges political, corporate *and* personal consumption mindsets and behaviors.

But he doesn't just expose readers to this massive global problem and leave the research and case studies on the table. He offers readers strategic solutions. This book will open your eyes to the bigger picture and leave readers with a personal choice once they have been opened.

All of the author's royalties from this book go to fund anti-slavery projects around the world.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Slavery in today's world 1. Mai 2013
Von James Hubble - Veröffentlicht auf
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For anyone interested in learning how other people are suppressed and how the new modern "slavery" of whole groups of people, this book goes into great detail on their life situations. It is amazing that, in our time, this is not only still going on when slavery was outlawed by ALL nations of the world, but is thriving and providing millions of dollars for those who are involved. A definite must read for those who really want to know what is going on worldwide, and the people who are trying to let the world know what is happening!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An important and disturbing subject 27. Januar 2013
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This author has done extensive research on human trafficking and traveled around the world to be a witness to how human beings use each other in horrendous ways. This book is a required text for a class I am taking on human trafficking. It is very well researched and written. It is not easy to read, but it is essential that we realize that slavery still exists and has changed in ways that keep it hidden to many of us in the developed world.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen P. Moody 7. Februar 2014
Von Michael Sanchez - Veröffentlicht auf
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Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy by Kevin Bales is an extraordinary book. Many of the topics discussed within this breath taking novel are things among imaginable. The fact that slavery is still going on and is something that is being hidden behind the government lines is one of the main arguments in this book. Bales expresses many different types of slavery and describes how they exist and how they are involved both directly and indirectly with every industry in this world. Former slaves are within the book telling and expressing their life stories and how slavery has effected their life even there are so called laws against slavery, but in reality the laws do no more than exist as writing on paper. Bales explains how globalization is the main cause of this new form of slavery and that it is all of the money hungry people in this world that are creating the slave market to increase without even knowing it. This book really opened my eyes to all of the hidden aspects of every day consumer lives. It disgusts me that some people in this world have no morality and still feel comfortable using other human beings as slaves. Many people thought that the times of slavery has ended but in reality it is expanding more rapidly than ever. It is completely ridiculous. I feel that if slavery is the only way that we can expand this world then the world is not meant to expand. We as human beings need to have some level of respect for our piers and accept the idea that we are meant to be equal. Bales wrote an extravagant book that will get you so interested you will not want to set it down. This book taught me to look at what I buy before I buy it because many of the leading countries in retail are also those leading in illegal slavery. This book personally disgusted me, but in a way that I was eager to read more and continue to learn about everything that is going on in the world. I was simply amazed by all of the things I had no idea were going on. All of the issues that were never thought about are suddenly shown as the massive issues they truly are. I extremely recommend reading Disposable People for a true eye opener of the so-called perfect world we live in.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent 30. Mai 2014
Von Gary - Veröffentlicht auf
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The truth that slavery exists today is hard to believe and bear, but it is presented in a straightforward and digestible manner in this book. This book made connections that has made me feel directly responsible for people suffering today. The hardship of so many is in some ways the result of my many countless small and seemingly inconsequential actions and inactions. This book deepened my humility and sense of gratitude for my circumstance, and hardened my intolerance to the greed, entitlement, complacency, ignorance, dishonesty and deception that is so pervasive in our society. I hope for a broadened and renewed awareness of these types and degrees of injustice in our world.
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