January 5, 2023
Unfreedom in labour relations: from a politics of rescue to a politics of solidarity?
Excerpt: “This Special Forum seeks to explore the possibilities for challenging labour unfreedoms through exercising solidarity. In linking unfreedoms and solidarity, we distance ourselves from both the dominant framings and the prevailing politics of what we refer to here as contemporary abolitionism – that is, efforts to combat forced labour, human ‘trafficking,’ and/or ‘modern slavery.’1 As we will elaborate below, contemporary abolitionism has too often enforced an artificial separation between ‘modern slavery’ and wider landscapes of exploitation and dispossession. Discursively built upon the image of helpless (or hapless) ‘victims’ suffering at the hands of exploiters (Andrijasevic & Mai, 2016), dominant forms of contemporary abolitionism have further been characterized by a ‘politics of rescue’ aligned with a white saviour mentality (Kempadoo, 2015).”
To cite this article: Siobhán McGrath, Ben Rogaly & Louise Waite (2022): Unfreedom in labour relations: from a politics of rescue to a politics of solidarity?, Globalizations, DOI: 10.1080/14747731.2022.2095119