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Rewriting the Victim: Dramatization as Research in Thailand's Anti-Trafficking Movement

Erin M. Kamler
Format
Book
Published
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
Language
English
Series
Oxford Studies in Gender and International Relations
ISBN
9780190840099, 0190840099, 0190917385, 9780190917388
Summary
"The international movement against the trafficking of women, which has gained momentum over the past two decades, is driven largely by the United States, in tandem with state governments and NGO workers. Feminist organizations have played a key role in carrying out anti-trafficking policies, but are increasingly divided over what those policies should look like. The primary divide exists between those feminists who want to abolish prostitution (as a key link to trafficking) and those who argue that what sex workers need is not to have their livelihoods taken away through paternalistic policies, but improved working conditions to alleviate the dangers associated with their work. A primary criticism of US NGO workers, well-intentioned as they may be, is that they misunderstand the cultural and economic conditions of the women they purport to help. This book provides a unique response to this misunderstanding. On one level it shows how this movement is, in fact, based on a Western mindset that problematizes women and puts its own interests before those of the women it is trying to help. But the project's primary innovation is in the method that it develops to explore the conflict of cultural values that gives rise to the aforementioned debates: what the author calls dramatization as research (DAR).This project, based around the author's work with migrant laborers, sex workers, activists, NGO employees, and other members of the anti-trafficking movement, combines feminist theory with the writing and production of a musical about the trafficking of women in Thailand"--
Contents
  • Theorizing dramatization as research
  • Setting the stage: national identity and the trafficking of women in Thailand
  • Smart raids and the victim-versus-criminal narrative
  • NGOs and the rescue narrative
  • Community-based organizations and the narrative of resistance
  • Building the characters
  • Finding the story
  • Embodiment
  • Articulating NGO narratives
  • Restorative justice and reconciliation: NGO subjectivities
  • Articulating migrant narratives
  • Recollection, mourning, and witness: migrant subjectivities
  • Articulating artist narratives
  • Rupture and hospitality: artist subjectivities
  • Dramatization as research: a feminist communication intervention.
Description
x, 289 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-278) and index.
Technical Details
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