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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Updated with a New Preface edition (April 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 981238748X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9812387486
  • ASIN: 0520272919
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Convincing, emotionally wrenching, and freighted with appropriate moral indignation, Kevin Bales's startling presentation shows us that while the general public is convinced slavery is a historical phenomenon of the ancient past . . . it is in actuality a widespread tragedy found worldwide and on a large scale. This book innovatively and usefully describes the permutations of an ancient tradition as it exists in this modern day and age."—Richard Pierre Claude, editor of Human Rights Quarterly

"A timely and fascinating book . . . of crucial importance. Few people realize that the increasing globalization of the economy has led to the use of coerced labor in many parts of the globe. . . . Bales has traveled widely and has gathered a great amount of shocking and disturbing information."—David Brion Davis, Director, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery and Abolition, Yale University

"A well-researched, scholarly and deeply disturbing exposé of modern-day slavery with well-thought-out strategies for what to do to combat this scourge. None of us is allowed the luxury of imagined impotence. We can do something about it."—Desmond Tutu

"Ending Slavery takes the critical next step of providing a practical road-map for ending one of the worst human rights abuses of the modern era. Using a common sense approach, Bales offers a clear, economic rationale for why slavery is not as profitable or sustainable as fair labor practices. In addition, this book shows that the solutions for such severe suffering are not simply the purview of the social sector but are opportunities for transformation among policy makers and business people around the world. Bales shows how we can all play a role, and he inspires each of us to take action."—Pam Omidyar, Founder, Humanity United, Co-founder, Omidyar Network

About the Author

Kevin Bales is the author of The Slave Next Door and Ending Slavery, both from UC Press. He is also Co-Founder of Free the Slaves, Washington DC, and Professor of Contemporary Slavery at the WIlberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation at the University of Hull. He is the world's leading expert on contemporary slavery.

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Going undercover to meet slaves and slaveholders, Kevin Bales exposed how modern slavery penetrates the global economy and flows into the things we buy, he is a leading abolitionist in the last great anti-slavery movement. Bales exposed how modern slavery penetrates the global economy in his Pulitzer-nominated book, Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy. The film based on this book, Slavery: A Global Investigation (TrueVision), which he co-wrote for HBO and Channel 4, won a Peabody Award and two Emmys. His book also inspired a project undertaken by seven Magnum photographers, which he helped to design and write, entitled Documenting Disposable People: Contemporary Global Slavery, which was mounted as a touring exhibition and published as a book by Hayward. Scientific American published his findings as a 9-page fully illustrated feature story. Bales was named as the originator of one of "100 World-Changing Discoveries" by the Association of British Universities and as a "visionary who is changing your world" by Utne Reader. Disposable People went on to publication in ten other languages and won the Premio Viareggio for the Italian edition.

In 2001 he co-founded Free the Slaves, the American sister-organization of the UK's Anti-Slavery International, the world's oldest human rights group. In ten years it has helped to liberate thousands of slaves in India, Nepal, Haiti, Ghana, Brazil, Ivory Coast, and Bangladesh, and work with them to build new lives of dignity. After reading Bales' book Ending Slavery, President Clinton told the plenary of the Clinton Global Initiative: "It tells you that it is a problem we can solve and here's how to do it." Ending Slavery won the 2011 $100,000 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Promoting World Order. In 2008, with Zoe Trodd, he published To Plead Our Own Cause: Personal Stories by Today's Slaves. In 2009, with Ron Soodalter, he published The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today, an expose and plan to make America slave-free for the first time in its history. He is currently writing a book on the relationship between slavery and environmental destruction, and with Jody Sarich a book on forced marriage. He gained his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics.

Hi lives in Brighton, England.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By April McCallum on August 28, 2013
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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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Hubble on May 1, 2013
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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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ollie Ollie on January 27, 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary on May 30, 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Sanchez on February 7, 2014
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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.
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