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From Trafficking to Terror

Constructing a Global Social Problem, 1st Edition

By Pardis Mahdavi


90 pages

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A panic surrounds human trafficking and terrorism. The socially constructed 'war on terror’ and ‘war on trafficking’ are linked through discourses that not only combine the two, but help promote an anti-Muslim sentiment. Using ethnographic data and stories, From Trafficking to Terror presents the need to challenge the trafficking and terror paradigm, and rethink approaches to the large scale challenges these discourses have created. This book is ideal for courses on gender, labor, migration, human rights and globalization.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Producing Panic, Pleading for Power / Chapter 1: Trafficking Terror, Terrorizing Trafficking / Chapter 2: Colliding Wars / Chapter 3: Interrogating the Illicit / Chapter 4: Living the Wars on Terror and Trafficking / Chapter 5: Conclusion – Towards a New Paradigm

About the Author

Pardis Mahdavi, PhD is associate professor of anthropology at Pomona College. Her research interests include gendered labor, migration, sexuality, human rights, youth culture, transnational feminism and public health in the context of changing global and political structures. Her first book, Passionate Uprisings: Iran’s Sexual Revolution was published with Stanford University Press in 2008, and her second book, Gridlock: Labor, Migration and ‘Human Trafficking’ in Dubai, also Stanford University Press,is now available.

Pardis teaches courses on Medical Anthropology, Sociocultural Anthropology, Ethnographic Methods and has designed new courses entitled "Sexual Politics of the Middle East" and "Love, Labor and the Law". She has published in the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures, Culture, Health and Sexuality, Social Identities, Comparative Studies of South Asia Africa and the Middle East, Anthropology News, and the Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World Review. She has received fellowships and awards from institutions such as the American Council of Learned Societies, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Drug Research Institute, the American Public Health Association, and the Society for Applied Anthropology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General

Table of Contents and Preface