The New Slave NarrativeBook - 2019
"In The New Slave Narrative, Murphy analyzes a diverse body of book-length, first-person accounts of modern slavery--which cover a wide spectrum of forced labor including chattel slavery, child soldiering, inherited debt bondage, and sexual slavery--to trace the re-emergence of the genre. She analyzes the representation of modern slavery within the contemporary literary, political, religious, and commercial circumstances that have encouraged the genre's renaissance, as well as within the history of slavery and the slave narrative. Murphy argues that the issue of modern slavery has uncomfortably united the international aid community, liberal human rights activists, and anti-oppression activists with an extensive network of Christian evangelicals, a small group of radical Zionists, and freedom-obsessed neoliberals. In tracing the influence of these groups, Murphy makes transparent the way these narratives, even as they critique the systemic injustices the narrators faced, are coopted and are re-exploited by these organizations and the human rights industry. As a scholar-activist, Murphy brings back to the foreground the aspirations and systemic critiques of the authors that are often obscured by the interests of others"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 
Copyright Date: ©2019
Call Number: 306.362 MUR
Characteristics: xxiii, 289 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm