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The Politics of Unfree Labour in Russia
Human Trafficking and Labour Migration

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  • Date Published: January 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108412704
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  • How, and why, did human trafficking out of Russia escalate at the beginning of the twenty-first century? Why did some labour migrants from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan find happy work situations in Russia whereas others became trapped in forced labour? This book focuses on human trafficking out of the Russian Federation since the collapse of the Soviet state and on labour migration into it from Central Asia, and on some internal movement. It looks at the socio-economic reasons behind labour flows and examines key social, political, legislative and policy responses. Discussion includes how the Russian press covers these topics and what politicians, experts and the public think about them. Based on interviews, polls and focus groups in Russia, this book is rich in original research which highlights different Russian perspectives on exploitation in unfree labour. It gives examples of entrapment in prostitution, construction work, on farms, and in begging rings.

    • Draws upon numerous Russian sources and original data from public opinion polls, focus groups and interviews with experts that link to global issues
    • Raises moral issues and leaves readers with ethical questions to address themselves
    • Provides readers with definitions of key terms including 'human trafficking', 'smuggling' and 'unfree labour' to provide a comprehensive and easy to read text
    • Systematically takes readers through relevant points of history, socio-economic change, law, politics, policies and social attitudes
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    ‘Mary Buckley's path-breaking book illuminates timely and under studied issues related to human trafficking and labour migration flows, including how official governmental policy toward migrant streams from Central Asia and Eastern Ukraine has evolved as well as the rise of hostile public attitudes toward migrant labourers. The author pulls together a rich tapestry of evidence - government documents, interviews with key state actors, policy experts, NGO activists, newspaper articles, and personally designed survey research and focus groups - to provide the reader with a thorough and compelling picture of how Russia grapples with ‘unfree labour'.' Carol Nechemias, Associate Professor Emerita of Political Science and Public Policy, Penn State University, Harrisburg

    'In this wide-ranging and impressively written book, Mary Buckley puts the phenomena of forced labour, migration and human trafficking in Russia in their historical, contemporary and geographic contexts. In doing so, she gives readers a nuanced and deeper understanding of the dynamics of unfree labour in this important region of the world. Using a multi-pronged approach that looks at expert opinion, public attitudes, news coverage, law and policy, Buckley investigates to what extent Russians perceive trafficking and unfree labour to be a problem and how their opinions have been constructed by media portrayals. In addition to its many other contributions, Unfree Labour does a tremendous service in helping to reveal why the sense of moral outrage that has driven anti-trafficking policies elsewhere in the world has often been missing in the Russian context. Overall, this exciting and accessible book is a timely and important contribution for understanding the dynamic processes of human trafficking and labour migration in Russia today.’ Lauren McCarthy, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    '… The Politics of Unfree Labour in Russia is a wealth of interesting and insightful findings from years of research by one of the most prominent scholars in the field. The timespan of the research combined with the variety of qualitative methods used in this book (interviews, surveys, focus groups, discourse analysis) are remarkable. … I believe this will be a required volume to anyone who studies migration flows in Eurasia. It would be of interest to social scientists as well as scholars interested in rule of law, gender, and the history of labor in Russia. I also believe that this book is an excellent example of different kinds of complementary qualitative methods and how to combine them into a cohesive narrative that paints a compelling story of trafficking and unfree labor in Russia.' Laura Dean, The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review

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    23rd Dec 2017 by Igiskhan11

    Very much interested in getting the entire text. I am a CTHB professional working for a volunteers' organization rescuing forced labour victims in Russia and beyond.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108412704
    • length: 346 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 151 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 1 map 17 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    1. Unfree labour in Russian history
    2. The politics of getting human trafficking onto agendas
    3. Press reporting on human trafficking out of Russia
    4. Public attitudes on human trafficking
    5. How the public talks about human trafficking
    6. Expert narratives on human trafficking
    7. Migration flows into Russia and reports on forced labour
    8. Policy and legislation on labour migrants
    9. Migration experts talking
    10. Public opinion on migrant labour
    11. Conclusion
    Select bibliography

  • Author

    Mary Buckley, University of Cambridge
    Mary Buckley is a Fellow of Hughes Hall at the University of Cambridge. She has published extensively in the field of Soviet and post-Soviet politics, society, history and foreign policy. Her books include Mobilizing Soviet Peasants: Heroines and Heroes of Stalin's Fields (2006), Redefining Russian Society and Polity (1993) and Women and Ideology in the Soviet Union (1989).

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