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schiaiv Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Disposable People by Kevin Bales. Slavery is illegal throughout the world, yet more than twenty-seven million people are still trapped in one of history’s oldest social institutions. Kevin Bales’s disturbing story of contemporary slavery reaches from Pakistan’s brick kilns and Thailand’s brothels to various multinational corporations.

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His investigations reveal how the tragic emergence of a “new slavery” is Slavery is illegal throughout the world, yet more than twenty-seven million people are still trapped in nuvi of history’s oldest social institutions.

His investigations scchiavi how the tragic emergence of a “new slavery” is inextricably linked to the global economy. This completely revised edition includes a new preface. All of the author’s royalties from this book go to fund antislavery projects around the world.

Paperbackpages. Published Schiavii 16th by University of California Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please ekvin up.

To ask other readers questions about Disposable Peopleplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jan 25, Josephine rated it really liked it. In his book, Bales recounts dchiavi the escaped slave and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, was invited to give a keynote speech for a large Fourth of July celebration in New York in Instead of delivering a rousing speech about the greatness of living in freedom, Douglass basically asked how we can be proud of our freedom if there were still slaves in existence?

We have to face facts: EDIT- 25 Novembre https: View all 5 comments. I read this book for my history class.

I really enjoyed the way this book was written. It was written more as a kefin than an information heavy textbook. This book talked about how slavery still exists in our world today, just in a different form that it did in zchiavi past. Jun 03, mis fit rated it liked it Shelves: Sep 15, Tia Malkin-fontecchio rated it really liked it. It is not without some shortcomings, but definitely a book people should read.

The testimony of modern day slaves should move people to action. I had only two issues with the book. The first is that it is in need of updating.

There is a keivn preface on the edition but that is not enough. Also, as a historian I take issue with some of the distinctions he makes between the “new” and the “old” slavery.

Much of what he said was new, was true of slavery in Brazil during the colonial period and ev It is not without some shortcomings, but definitely a book people should read. Much of what he said was new, was true of slavery in Brazil during the colonial period and even 19th century. He seems to have made these distinctions solely on the study of 19th century slavery in the American South. Jul 22, Megan rated it really liked it. If a friend hadn’t invited me to a discussion group on this book, I never would have picked it up.


Somehow the author managed to interview current and former slaves from Mauritania to Paris, retell their stories, contextualize the economic systems that slavery exists in, and still not get bogged down in the darkness. Or maybe that’s due to the discussion with other compassionate, engaged readers. Overall, solid investigative journalism about a topic most people don’t know exists. Feb 03, Heather rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I picked this up on a trip to Arkansas.

I got this one at the headquarters for Heifer Project International. Desmond Tutu says this book is “A well-researched, scholarly and deeply disturbing expose of modern day slavery with well-thought-out scihavi for what to do to combat this scourge. Please read this book. Oct 18, Erin Ergenbright rated it it was amazing. You must read this book, which is enlightening and terrifying, but also talks about the specific reasons these horrors have happened, and continue to happen.

Aug kevim, Heather Gibby rated it really liked it. Kevin Bales walks the reader through several different types of human slavery around the globe, and outlines the difficulties encountered by anyone trying to bring about systemic change to the human rights atrocities being committed around the world. It has definitely spurred me to do some more reading. Jan 18, blakeR rated it really liked it Shelves: This is an important book.

Despite its defects I can highly recommend it to pretty much everyone because the entire world would benefit from its being read. I greatly admire Bales for his part in spreading the word on modern-day slavery, and I plan on doing my part by telling people and passing the book on to others. The most interesting chapters are the first two on prostitution in Thailand schiiavi “old slavery” in Mauritania.

The shock value probably has a lot to do with it, as well as the dumbfoun This schiaiv an important book. The shock value probably has a lot to do with it, as well as the dumbfounding sxhiavi of learning about the vestiges of ancient slavery still alive and well in West Africa. Before reading this book or talking to someone who had, how many people would imagine that houseslaves still exist as a matter of course throughout an entire country?

The subsequent chapters Brazil, Pakistan and India lose some of their power, probably as a result of following these first two.

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The information and Bales’ discourse gets a little repetitive. Also, his writing style is a little irritating. I would have preferred a more rigorous and academic style. As it is, Bales writes a little too informally and emotionally, which sacrifices some of his argument’s strength.

The facts are compelling enough to support his case without resorting to sentimentality. Additionally, there are some holes that he touches upon but leaves largely unexplored, mostly in relation to Mauritania. He mentions the extremely entrenched nature of slavery in the country and the huge obstacles abolitionists face not only in providing incentives for slaveholders to give up their slaves, but also in convincing the slaves that freedom is preferable to slavery.

It is the ultimate case where the slaves actually want to remain enslaved. To me, this is a jumping off point for an incredibly fascinating moral and philosophical discussion, although I’ll admit that it’s probably outside the scope of Bales’ work. The same mentality is present to a lesser degree in every single country he discusses. More relevant to this book and a less forgivable omission is the fact that virtually none of the solutions he mentions in the last chapter would be feasible in Mauritania.


None of the economic incentives to end slavery could be brought to bear since the country itself is so poor and barely affects the global economy in the first place.

Likewise, the government could not be pressured because they are owned by the slaveholders, and they would simply align themselves further with other hardline Muslim nations such as Iran and Saudi Arabia in response to international pressure. If Bales sincerely could not think of any solutions to that specific case, he should have at least mentioned it. Also, in discussing debt bondage in Brazil, Pakistan and India, it struck me that he somewhat arbitrarily separates “slaves” from the rest of the oppressed wage laborers and sweatshop workers.

Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy by Kevin Bales

To me it seems very much a sliding scale, especially when he’s emphasizing the subtlety of modern-day slavery. They seem too similar to me to really be able to separate the way he does. For that reason as well the chapters on Thailand and Mauritania really stand out. Overall it is a good and informative read. It is perhaps not as shocking to me because I’ve already read most of Derrick Jensen ‘s stuff, and he is harsher in his analysis of modern-day civilization.

Not Bad Reviews blakerosser Nov 12, dara marked it as abandoned Shelves: It is not easy to crush a human mind, but with enough brutality, time, and indifference to suffering it can be done.

Around the world it is being done. It’ “When I sat with Siri in the brothel in Thailand and looked into the flat deadness of her eyes, listened to the hopelessness in her voice, and saw the destruction of her personality and her will to escape, I glimpsed the horror of a life captured and destroyed to feed the greed of the slaveholder.

It’s not the book’s fault, I swear! This is a good and important book and you should read it!

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I am just in a rut when it comes to reading and I can’t do this right now. I read to page and it took me months because I would pick the book up, read a few pages, and set it aside again. I’m just not in an emotionally receptive place right now. It’s weighing heavy on my heart that is already weighed down. I have to come to terms with the fact that in this instance knowledge is not making me a better activist; it is immobilizing me with depression.

That’s not quite fair to say as the depression schixvi pre-exisiting, but the result is the same. Jan 03, Pete rated it really liked it. This book’s strength lies a in exposing the variety of slavery in today’s world, b not overstating his argument, and c proposing concrete actions for readers.