What Slaveholders Think: How Contemporary Perpetrators by Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick

By Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick

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Drawing on fifteen years of labor within the antislavery move, Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick examines the systematic oppression of fellows, girls, and youngsters in rural India and asks: How do modern slaveholders rationalize the subjugation of different humans, and the way do they reply whilst their energy is threatened? greater than 1000000000 cash were spent on antislavery efforts, but the perform persists. Why? Unpacking what slaveholders take into consideration emancipation is necessary for students and coverage makers who are looking to comprehend the wider context, particularly as visible via the strong. perception into these moments while the robust both double down or backtrack presents a sobering counterbalance to scholarship on renowned fight.

Through frank and remarkable conversations with slaveholders, Choi-Fitzpatrick unearths the condescending and paternalistic inspiration procedures that blind perpetrators. whereas they comprehend they're exploiting staff' vulnerabilities, slaveholders additionally consider they're doing employees a want, frequently taking satisfaction during this dating. And while sufferers proportion this attitude, their emancipation is more durable to safe, using a few within the antislavery move to invite why slaves worry freedom. the reply, Choi-Fitzpatrick convincingly argues, lies within the strength dating. even if slaveholders flinch at their previous habit or plot a go back to strength, Choi-Fitzpatrick zeroes in at the relational dynamics in their self-assessment, unpacking what occurs subsequent. Incorporating the reviews of such pivotal actors into antislavery learn is an immensely very important step towards crafting potent antislavery guidelines and intervention. It additionally contributes to scholarship on social swap, social activities, and the conclusion of human rights.

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Movement targets are dynamic social actors who are almost always more powerful—individually or collectively—than their challengers. That concentration of power is often the very reason social movement groups target them. It hardly needs stating that individual and institutional targets—the primary focus in this study—are often in possession of relatively more material resources and in more powerful institutional roles than are challengers. These resources are not only economic but political and cultural as well.

These resources are not only economic but political and cultural as well. , the ideas that form the raw cultural material for counterframing efforts. As guardians of the status quo they often have better access to the media and may be significantly more motivated to retain existing privilege than the movement is motivated to obtain new benefits. Movement targets are also likely to have more opportunities—whether cultural, political, or economic—with which to respond to movement efforts. Finally, powerful incumbents create and reinforce broader status quo values and norms.

Ahmed, a middle-class slaveholder in Uttar Pradesh, India, was eager to show me around the village where he was a member of the ruling elite. While I was grateful for the warm reception, I was visiting Ahmed’s community because of the prevalence of gross human rights violations—bonded labor, child exploitation, and outbound human trafficking. Fathers pleaded for help in finding missing children, long gone, lured away by the promises of traffickers. Mothers who had recently and reluctantly formed a fragile women’s group waited nervously to meet and discuss their progress in negotiating higher wages.

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