Towards critical geographies of anti-human trafficking: producing and precluding victimhood through discourses, practices and institutions Academic Article uri icon


  • In this paper I outline the potential for three strands of recent critical and feminist scholarship in geography to advance discussions of anti-human trafficking, particularly state responses to the problem. These strands are: the geopolitics of film and media; geographies of bordering and preclusion; and carceral regimes, spaces and institutions. These strands respectively present a critical engagement with the role of representations, practices and institutions in anti-trafficking activity which can enliven discussions within and beyond the discipline on anti-human trafficking responses. This is because they re-centre political concerns around (in)security and sovereign power as these intersect with human rights.

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  • 2020

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