Standing on the Premises

Yvonne C. Zimmerman

in Other Dreams of Freedom

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199942190
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980765 | DOI:


Standing on the Premises

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This chapter explores how the TVPA was enacted by the George W. Bush presidential administrations from 2001 to 2008, connecting how the president and officials like John R. Miller used the religious and theological language and ideas such as that of “evil” to denounce human trafficking with the normative visions of gender and sexuality that were endorsed as constitutive of “freedom” from trafficking. A major preoccupation of the freedom proffered by the Bush administration's anti-trafficking project was its attempt to secure the compliance of trafficked persons with a particular paradigm of gender, sex, and the body that is rooted in an American Protestant religious heritage and cultural worldview.

Keywords: Trafficking Victims Protection Act; George W. Bush; John R. Miller; evil; gender and sexuality; freedom; American Protestantism

Chapter.  8545 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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