Slavery and the Emergence of Non-governmental Organizations

Kevin Bales

in Understanding Global Slavery

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780520245068
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932074 | DOI:
Slavery and the Emergence of Non-governmental Organizations

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This chapter looks at the first major human rights organization and campaign, and uses the history of the antislavery movement to chart the evolution of the organization and the influence of nonstate actors. It argues that bureaucratization has been a key stage in the acquisition of influence, and, further, that the effort to redefine slavery—from an economic issue to a moral one—created an ideological basis which transcended national boundaries.

Keywords: human rights organizations; human rights campaign; antislavery movement; bureaucratization

Chapter.  6183 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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