Readings and Films

The table below contains the readings and films that were utilized during this course.

The following books contain various chapters that were read throughout the semester:

[G] = Grant, Melissa Gira. Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work. Verso, 2014. ISBN: 9781781683231.

[K] = Kempadoo, Kamala, Jyoti Sanghera, and Bandana Pattanik, eds. Trafficking and Prostitution Reconsidered: New Perspectives on Migration, Sex Work, and Human Rights. 2nd ed. Paradigm Publishers, 2011. ISBN: 9781594519895.

[M] = Mahdavi, Pardis. Gridlock: Labor, Migration, and Human Trafficking in Dubai. Stanford University Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780804772204. [Preview with Google Books]

SES # TOPICS Readings AND Films
I. Historical Contexts
1 Introductions No readings or films assigned.
2 What is Trafficking? What’s in a Name?

Readings

[M] “Prologue.”

Musto, Jennifer Lynne. “What’s in a Name? Conflations and Contradictions in Contemporary U.S. Discourses of Human Trafficking.” Women’s Studies International Forum 32, no. 4 (2009): 281–87.

3 Slavery & Abolitionism Past and Present

Readings

Goldman, Emma. “The Traffic in Women.” In Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings. Edited by Miriam Schneir. Vintage, 1994. ISBN: 9780679753810. [Preview with Google Books]

Peck, Gunther. “White Slavery and Whiteness: A Transnational View of the Sources of Working-class Radicalism and Racism.” Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas 1, no. 2 (2004): 41–63.

Recommended but not Required

Kara, Siddharth. “Bonded Labor: An Overview.” Chapter 1 in Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia. Columbia University Press, 2014, pp. 18–20, 22–26, and 27–33. ISBN: 9780231158497. [Preview with Google Books]

Bahadur, Gaiutra. Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture. University of Chicago Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780226211381.

Mohanty, Chandra Talpade. “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses.” Feminist Review 30 (1988): 61–88.

II. Chains, Borders, & Boundaries
4 Capitalism & Labor: Fast Fashion & Skyscrapers

Readings

[M] Chapter 4: “Migration in Context.”

Viederman, Dan. “Supply Chains and Forced Labour After Rana Plaza,” The Guardian, April 24, 2014.

Film

Food, Inc. Directed by Robert Kenner. Color, 94 min. 2008.

5 Capitalism & Labor: Shrimp, Beef, & Strawberries

Readings

Castellanos, Melissa. “La Santa Cecilia ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ Music Video Pays Tribute to Migrant Workers With Beatles Cover,” Latin Post, August 5, 2014.

Rocha, Jose Luis. “Strawberry Fields and Undocumented Workers Forever?Revista Envío, June 2008.

Nordstrom, Carolyn. “Diamonds and Fish: Going Global.” Chapter 11 in Global Outlaws: Crime, Money, and Power in the Contemporary World. University of California Press, 2007. ISBN: 9780520250963. 

“The True Cost of Shrimp: How Shrimp Industry Workers in Bangladesh and Thailand Pay the Price for Affordable Shrimp.” (PDF - 2.0MB) The Solidarity Center. January 2008. (Skim)

Recommended but not Required

Holmes, Seth M. “‘Oaxacans Like to Work Bent Over’: The Naturalization of Social Suffering among Berry Farm Workers.” International Migration 45, no. 3 (2007): 39–68.

Guthman, Julie. “Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: An interview with Seth Holmes.” Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture 14, no. 1 (2014): 1–4.

Garsd, Jasmine. “Crossing the Border in the Age of the Selfie.” Fusion, May 28, 2014.

Barndt, Deborah. Tangled Routes: Women, Work, and Globalization on the Tomato Trail. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007. ISBN: 9780742555570. [Preview with Google Books]

Hirsch, Jennifer S. “‘Que, pues, con el pinche NAFTA?’: Gender, Power and Migration between Western Mexico and Atlanta.” Urban Anthropology & Studies of Cultural Systems & World Economic Development 31, no. 3–4 (2002): 351–87.

6 Migration & Border Crossings

Readings

Bhabha, Jacqueline, and Monette Zard. “Smuggled or Trafficked?” (PDF) Forced Migration Review 25 (2006): 6–8.

Anzaldúa, Gloria. “The Homeland, Aztlan / El Otro Mexico.” Chapter 1 in Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza. 4th ed. Aunt Lute Books, 2012. ISBN: 9781879960855.

Zarembka, Joy M. “America’s Dirty Work: Migrant Maids and Modern-Day Slavery.” In Global Woman: Nannies, Maids and Sex Workers in the New Economy. Edited by Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild. Holt, 2004. ISBN: 9780805075090.

Cave, Damien, and Frances Robles. “A Smuggled Girl’s Odyssey of False Promises and Fear,” New York Times, October 5, 2014.

Recommended but not Required

Enloe, Cynthia. “‘Just Like One of the Family’: Domestic Servants in World Politics.” Chapter 8 in Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics. University of California Press, 2000. ISBN: 9780520229129. [Preview with Google Books] [Updated Edition with a New Preface.]

7 Policing the Borders I

Readings

Wells-Barnett, Ida. “Lynch Law in America.” In Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought. Edited by Beverly Guy-Sheftall. The New Press, 1995. ISBN: 9781565842564. [Preview with Google Books]

Broyles, Bill, and Mark Haynes. “On The Line: Chet Wilson.” In Desert Duty: On the Line with the U.S. Border Patrol. University of Texas Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780292723207. [Preview with Google Books]

———. “On The Line: Jim Runyan.” In Desert Duty: On the Line with the U.S. Border Patrol. University of Texas Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780292723207.

Cacho, Lisa Marie. “White Entitlement and Other People’s Crimes.” Chapter 1 in Social Death: Racialized Righteousness and the Criminalization of the Unprotected. New York University Press, 2012. ISBN: 9780814723760. [Preview with Google Books]

Recommended but not Required

Broyles, Bill, and Mark Haynes. “Conclusion: Before They Die.” and “Acknowledgements.” In Desert Duty: On the Line with the U.S. Border Patrol. University of Texas Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780292723207. [Preview with Google Books]

———. “Our Approach, and Acknowledgements.” In Desert Duty: On the Line with the U.S. Border Patrol. University of Texas Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780292723207. 

Hing, Bill Ong. “The Failed Enforcement Approach: ‘There Ain’t No Reason to Treat Them Like Animals’.” Chapter 6 in Ethical Borders: NAFTA, Globalization, and Mexican Migration. Temple University Press, 2010. ISBN: 9781592139255.

Holmes, Seth M. “‘Is it Worth Risking Your Life?’: Ethnography, Risk, and Death on the U.S.-Mexico Border.” Social Science & Medicine 99 (2013): 153–61.

8 Policing the Borders II

Readings

Feldman, Gregory. “Biometrics: Where Isn’t the Security Threat?” Chapter 5 in The Migration Apparatus: Security, Labor, and Policymaking in the European Union. Stanford University Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780804761079. [Preview with Google Books]

Cacho, Lisa Marie. “Grafting Terror onto Illegality.” Chapter 3 in Social Death: Racialized Righteousness and the Criminalization of the Unprotected. New York University Press, 2012. ISBN: 9780814723760. [Preview with Google Books]

Burks, Tosten. “An Artist’s Pioneering Masks Shield Us from Future Surveillance.” Good, January 2015.

Recommended but not Required

Nordstrom, Carolyn. “The Cultures of Cops.” Chapter 15 in Global Outlaws: Crime, Money, and Power in the Contemporary World. University of California Press, 2007. ISBN: 9780520250963. [Preview with Google Books]

9 War and Conflict Zones

Readings

Beah, Ishmael. Excerpts from A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. Sarah Crichton Books, 2008. ISBN: 9780374531263.

Bolkovac, Kathryn, and Cari Lynn. Excerpts from The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman’s Fight for Justice. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2011. ISBN: 9780230115224. [Preview with Google Books]

Kimura, Maki. “Listening to Voices: Testimonies of ‘Comfort Women’ of the Second World War.” (PDF) London School of Economics, Gender Institute. April 2003.

Film

The Whistleblower. Directed by Larysa Kondracki. Color, 112 min. 2010.

Recommended but not Required

Readings

Enloe, Cynthia. “Base Women.” Chapter 4 in Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics. University of California Press, 2000. ISBN: 9780520229129. [Preview with Google Books

Fox, Mary-Jane. “Girl Soldiers: Human Security and Gendered Security.” Security Dialogue 35, no. 4 (2004): 465–79.

Parsons, Brian. “Significant Steps or Empty Rhetoric? Current Efforts by the United States to Combat Sexual Trafficking Near Military Bases.” Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights 4, no. 3 (2006): 567–89.

Film

Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women. Directed by Dai Sil Kim-Gibson. Color, 88 min. 2000.

III. Bodies
10 Organ Trafficking

Readings

Moniruzzaman, Monir. “‘Living Cadavers’ in Bangladesh: Bioviolence in the Human Organ Bazaar.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly 26, no. 1 (2012): 69–91.

Bilefsky, Dan. “Black Market for Body Parts Spreads Among the Poor in Europe,” New York Times, June 28, 2012.

Recommended but not Required

Readings

Scheper-Hughes, Nancy. “Organs Trafficking: The Real, the Unreal and the Uncanny.” Annals of Transplantation 11, no. 3 (2006): 16–30.

———. “Mr. Tati’s Holiday and João’s Safari - Seeing the World Through Transplant Tourism.” Body & Society 17, no. 2–3 (2011): 55–92.

———. “The Last Commodity: Post-Human Ethics and the Global Traffic in ‘Fresh’ Organs.” Chapter 9 in Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems. Edited by Aihwa Ong and Stephen J. Collier. Wiley-Blackwell, 2004. ISBN: 9781405123587.

Films

Kidneys on Ice. Directed by Anja Dalhoff. Color, 51 min. 2008.

Tales from the Organ Trade. Directed by Ric Esther Bienstock. Color, 82 min. 2013.

11 Reproductive Labor

Readings

Roy, Modhumita. “Foreign Babies / Indian Make: Outsourcing Reproduction in the Age of Globalization.” Chapter 3 in Locating Cultural Change: Theory, Method, Process. Edited by Partha Pratim Basu and Ipshita Chanda. Sage Publications, 2011. ISBN: 9788132105763. [Preview with Google Books]

Joyce, Kathryn. “Inside the Boom.” Chapter 4 in The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption. PublicAffairs, 2013. ISBN: 9781586489427. 

Recommended but not Required

Spar, Debora L. “For Love and Money: The Political Economy of Commercial Surrogacy.” Review of International Political Economy 12, no. 2 (2005): 287–309.

Markens, Susan. Surrogate Motherhood and the Politics of Reproduction. University of California Press, 2007. ISBN: 9780520252042. [Preview with Google Books]

Briggs, Laura. Somebody’s Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption. Duke University Press, 2012. ISBN: 9780822351610. [Preview with Google Books]

Joyce, Kathryn. “Preface.” In The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption. PublicAffairs, 2013. ISBN: 9781586489427. [Preview with Google Books]

IV. Sex, Work, & Power
12 Sex, Chains, & High Heels: Anti-Trafficking Campaigns

Readings

Andrijasevic, Rutvika. “Beautiful Dead Bodies: Gender, Migration, and Representation in Anti-Trafficking Campaigns.” Feminist Review, no. 86 (2007): 24–44.

Doezema, Jo. “Ouch! Western Feminists’ ‘Wounded Attachment’ to the ‘Third World Prostitute.’” Feminist Review, no. 67 (2001): 16–38.

Mohanty, Chandra Talpade. “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses.” Feminist Review 30 (1988): 61–88. (Skim)

Films

Clips from:

MTV EXIT. “Inhuman Traffic: An MTV Exit Special hosted by Angelina Jolie.” April 19, 2012. YouTube. 

EXIT Campaign. “Traffic: An MTV EXIT Special presented by Lucy Liu–Part 1.” November 26, 2007. YouTube.  

EXIT Campaign. “Traffic: An MTV EXIT Special presented by Lucy Liu–Part 2.” November 26, 2007. YouTube.

EXIT Campaign. “Traffic: An MTV EXIT Special presented by Lucy Liu–Part 3.” November 26, 2007. YouTube.

13 Saviors

Readings

Kristof, Nicholas. “Raiding a Brothel in India,” New York Times, May 25, 2011.

Agustín, Laura. “The Soft Side of Imperialism: Kristof and the Rescue Industry.” CounterPunch, January 2012.

Soderlund, Gretchen. “Running from the Rescuers: New U.S. Crusades against Sex Trafficking and the Rhetoric of Abolition.” National Women’s Studies Association Journal 17, no. 3 (2005): 64–87.

Recommended but not Required

Readings

Bruxvoort, Dana. “The Untold Side of Raids and Rescues: Rethinking Anti-Trafficking Efforts.” Human Trafficking Center.

Agustín, Laura Maria. Sex At the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry. Zed Books, 2007. ISBN: 9781842778609. [Preview with Google Books]

———. “The Conceit of Nicholas Kristof: Rescuing Sex Slaves as Saintliness.” The Naked Anthropologist. November 22, 2011.

McClintock, Anne. “The Limits of Colonial Feminism.” In Imperial Leather: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest. Routledge, 2015. ISBN: 9781138835054.

Finnegan, William. “The Countertraffickers: Rescuing the Victims of the Global Sex Trade.” The New Yorker, May 5, 2008.

Power, Samantha. “The Enforcer: A Christian Lawyer’s Global Crusade.” The New Yorker, January 19, 2009.

Film

Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids. Directed by Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman. Color, 85 min. 2004.

14 Preparation for In-Class Debate

Readings

[M] Chapter 3: “Sex Work.”

[G] Chapter 4: “The Debate.”

Hoang, Kimberly Kay. “‘She’s Not a Low-Class Dirty Girl!’: Sex Work in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 40, no. 4 (2011): 367–96.

15 In-Class Debate: Sex, Work, Power

Resources for your debate groups:

Readings

[G] Chapter 2: “The Prostitute.”

[G] Chapter 3: “The Work.”

Grant, Melissa Gira. “Happy Hookers: Sex Workers and Their Would-Be Saviors.” Jacobin, August 2012.

Farley, Melissa. “Bad for the Body, Bad for the Heart: Prostitution Harms Women if Legalized or Decriminalized.” Violence Against Women 10, no. 10 (2004): 1087–125.

[K] Sanghera, Jyoti. “Unpacking the Trafficking Discourse.”

Kulick, Don. “The Pleasure of Prostitution.” Chapter 4 in Travesti: Sex, Gender, and Culture among Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes. University of Chicago Press, 1998. ISBN: 9780226461007. [Preview with Google Books]

Parrenas, Rhacel Salazar. “Trafficked? Filipino Hostesses in Tokyo’s Nightlife Industry.” Yale Journal of Law & Feminism 18 (2006): 145–80.

Allison, Anne. “Introduction.” In Nightwork: Sexuality, Pleasure, and Corporate Masculinity in a Tokyo Hostess Club. University of Chicago Press, 1994. ISBN: 9780226014876. [Preview with Google Books]

So, Christine. “Asian Mail-Order Brides, the Threat of Global Capitalism, and the Rescue of the U.S. Nation-State.” Feminist Studies 32, no. 2 (2006): 395–419.

Hossain, Mashrur Shahid. “Enforced Ab/normalcy: The Sex Worker Hijras and the (re)appropriation of s/he Identity.” In Sex Work Matters: Exploring Money, Power, and Intimacy in the Sex Industry. Edited by Melissa Hope Ditmore, Antonia Levy, and Alys Willman. Zed Books, 2010. ISBN: 9781848134348.

Doezema, Jo. “Now You See Her, Now You Don’t: Sex Workers at the UN Trafficking Protocol Negotiations.” Social Legal Studies 14, no. 1 (2005): 61–89.

Barry, Kathleen. “Abolishing Prostitution: A Feminist Human Rights Treaty.” Women’s Media Center, August 28, 2012.

Hatcher, Marian. “‘Pretty Woman’ and the Ugly Truth about Prostitution,” Huffington Post, April 18, 2015.

Crouch, David. “Swedish Prostitution Law Targets Buyers, but Some Say It Hurts Sellers,” New York Times, March 14, 2015.

Boston Takes a Stand against Commercial Sexual Exploitation.” Demand Abolition.

Who We Are, Coalition against Trafficking in Women.

Basic Principles of GAATW, Global Alliance against Traffic in Women.

Sex Trafficking, International Justice Mission.

100 Countries and Their Prostitution Policies, ProCon.

Films

Boy For Rent. Color, 55 min. 2014.

Very Young Girls. Directed by David Schisgall and Nina Alverez. Color, 83 min. 2007.

In the Name of Love. Directed by Shannon O’Rourke. Color, 46 min. 2003.

Lot Lizard. Directed by Alexander Perlman. Color, 72 min. 2012.

Rent a Rasta. Directed by J. Michael Seyfert. Color, 44 min. 2006.

Recommended but not Required

Reading

Kulick, Don. “Introduction.” In Travesti: Sex, Gender, and Culture among Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes. University of Chicago Press, 1998. ISBN: 9780226461007. [Preview with Google Books]

16 De / Criminalization: Race, Sex, and Class

Readings

Bernstein, Elizabeth. “Militarized Humanitarianism Meets Carceral Feminism: The Politics of Sex, Rights, and Freedom in Contemporary Antitrafficking Campaigns.” Signs 36, no. 1 (2010): 45–72.

Strangio, Chase. “When Walking Down The Street Is a Crime.” American Civil Liberties Union, August 5, 2014.

Recommended but not Required

Puar, Jasbir K. Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times. Duke University Press, 2007. ISBN: 9780822341147. [Preview with Google Books]

Chapkis, Wendy. “Trafficking, Migration, and the Law: Protecting Innocents, Punishing Immigrants.” Gender & Society 17, no. 6 (2003): 923–37.

Flavin, Jeanne. “Feminism for the Mainstream Criminologist: An Invitation.” Journal of Criminal Justice 29, no. 4 (2001): 271–85.

Dow, Mark. “September 11: Secrecy, Disruption, and Continuity.” Chapter 2 in American Gulag: Inside U.S. Immigration Prisons. University of California Press, 2004. ISBN: 9780520239425. [Preview with Google Books]

Sudbury, Julie. “Women of Color, Globalization, and the Politics of Incarceration.” Chapter 12 in The Criminal Justice System and Women: Offenders, Prisoners, Victims & Workers. Edited by Barbara Raffel Price and Natalie Sokoloff. McGraw-Hill Humanities / Social Sciences / Languages, 2003. ISBN: 9780072463996.

Brydum, Sunnivie. “Arizona Activist Found Guilty of ‘Walking While Trans’.” The Advocate, April 15, 2014.

17 Technology and Trafficking

Readings

[G] Chapter 6: “The Peephole.”

Kristof, Nicholas. “Where Pimps Peddle Their Goods,” New York Times, March 17, 2012.

Musto, Jennifer Lynne, and Danah Boyd. “The Trafficking-Technology Nexus.” Social Politics 21, no. 3 (2014): 461–83.

Recommended but not Required

Thakor, Mitali, and Danah Boyd. “Networked Trafficking: Reflections on Technology and the Anti-trafficking Movement.” Dialectical Anthropology 37, no. 2 (2013): 277–90.

18 ‘Dealing in Desire’ & Doing Research on Sex Work

Readings

Hoang, Kimberly Kay. Excerpts from Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work. University of California Press, 2015. ISBN: 9780520275577.

Dank, Meredith, Jennifer Yahner, et al. “Surviving the Streets of New York: Experiences of LGBTQ Youth, YMSM, and YWSW Engaged in Survival Sex.” Urban Institute, February 25, 2015.

V. Children
19 Strong Beautiful Bodies: Athletes, Models

Reading

Gordon, Ian. “Inside Major League Baseball’s Dominican Sweatshop System.” Mother Jones, March / April 2013.

Film

Girl Model. Directed by David Redmon and A. Sabin. Color, 78 min. 2011.

Recommended but not Required

Readings

Realities Behind America’s Favorite Pastime: The Dominican Republic’s Cheap Labor Bazaar for the Major Leagues.” Council on Hemispheric Affairs, April 20, 2010.

Ruck, Rob. “Baseball’s Recruitment Abuses.” Americas Quarterly, 2011

Maguire, Joseph, and Mark Falcous, eds. Sport and Migration: Borders, Boundaries and Crossings. Routledge, 2010. ISBN: 9780415498340. [Preview with Google Books]

Regalado, Samuel O. “‘Latin Players on the Cheap:’ Professional Baseball Recruitment in Latin America and the Neocolonialist Tradition.” Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 8, no. 1 (2000): 9–20.

20 Children Online

Readings

Bazelon, Emily. “The Price of a Stolen Childhood.” New York Times Magazine, January 24, 2013.

Monicabulger. “Sexting, Minors, and U.S. Legislation: When Laws Intended to Protect Have Unintended Consequences.” Internet Monitor 2014: Platforms and Policy, January 6, 2014.

Sky, Jennifer. “When Will the Fashion Industry Treat Underage Models Like the Children They Are?New Republic, February 23, 2015.

Recommended but not Required

Livingstone, Sonia, and Monica Bulger. “A Global Research Agenda for Children’s Rights in the Digital Age.” Journal of Children and Media 8, no. 4 (2014): 317–35.

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Written Reflections

Screening: Lilet Never Happened. Directed by Jacco Groen. Color, 105 min. 2012.

No readings or films assigned.
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Screening cont’d: Lilet Never Happened. Directed by Jacco Groen. Color, 105 min. 2012.

Closing Discussion

Films

Sex + Money: A National Search for Human Worth. Directed by Joel Angyal. Color, 92 min. 2011.

Very Young Girls. Directed by David Schisgall and Nina Alverez. Color, 83 min. 2007.

23 Group Presentations No readings or films assigned.
24 Group Presentations (cont.) No readings or films assigned.

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