Armed Love

Ticktin Miriam

in Casualties of Care

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780520269040
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950535 | DOI:
Armed Love

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This chapter focuses on the struggle around human trafficking and a subset of this—modern slavery—which it argues, take place in many of the same moralizing terms, through similar institutions and logics as other regimes of care such as medical humanitarianism. The discourse around human trafficking produces similar subjects, although in this case explicitly about a gendered form of injustice, and its moralizing impetus comes from gendered and racialized notions of bodily suffering—in particular, a focus on sexual violence among women and children from the global South. The strength of the moral rhetoric against trafficking is both illustrated and furthered by the fact that all the major non-governmental organizations fighting against violence against women, those for human rights and humanitarianism, and all the governmental and intergovernmental organizations agreed to participate in the struggle against it.

Keywords: human trafficking; slavery; regimes; care; humanitarianism; suffering; sexual violence; women; non-governmental organizations; human rights

Chapter.  10528 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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