‘Shock and awe’: a critique of the Ghana-centric child trafficking discourse

Okyere, Samuel (2017) ‘Shock and awe’: a critique of the Ghana-centric child trafficking discourse. Anti-Trafficking Review, 9 . pp. 92-105. ISSN 2287-0113

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This paper is a critique of the dominant anti-trafficking discourse and activism in Ghana. The paper argues that the discourse grossly underplays the role played by external forces in shaping the conditions underpinning children’s labour mobility in the past and the hardships underpinning the phenomenon today. In place of critical analysis and understanding, anti-child-trafficking campaigns employ melodramatic ‘shock and awe’ tactics and a tendency to blame local culture or traditions for activists’ claims of ‘pervasive’ child trafficking in the country. The paper suggests that dominant anti-trafficking discourse and activism in Ghana thus reinvigorate historic and persistent external causal agents of inequality which drive Ghanaian children’s labour mobility today. The paper demonstrates this problem and offers correctives to it.

Item Type: Article
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/885736
Keywords: child trafficking, anti-trafficking, Ghana, history, Volta lake, political, Africa, fishing
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Social Policy
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.14197/atr.20121797
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2017 08:35
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:09
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/45686

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