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Bales, Kevin

Works: 99 works in 338 publications in 7 languages and 18,380 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Juvenile works  Biography  Documentary films  Popular music  Jazz  Nonfiction films  Pictorial works  Documentary television programs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Instrumentalist, Other, Performer, Author of introduction
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Kevin Bales
Most widely held works by Kevin Bales
Disposable people : new slavery in the global economy by Kevin Bales( Book )

71 editions published between 1999 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 3,260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher description: 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 slavery today reaches from brick kilns in Pakistan and brothels in Thailand to the offices of multinational corporations. His investigation of conditions in Mauritania, Brazil, Thailand, Pakistan, and India reveals the tragic emergence of a "new slavery," one intricately linked to the global economy. The new slaves are not a long-term investment as was true with older forms of slavery, explains Bales. Instead, they are cheap, require little care, and are disposable. Three interrelated factors have helped create the new slavery. The enormous population explosion over the past three decades has flooded the world's labor markets with millions of impoverished, desperate people. The revolution of economic globalization and modernized agriculture has dispossessed poor farmers, making them and their families ready targets for enslavement. And rapid economic change in developing countries has bred corruption and violence, destroying social rules that might once have protected the most vulnerable individuals. Bales's vivid case studies present actual slaves, slaveholders, and public officials in well-drawn historical, geographical, and cultural contexts. He observes the complex economic relationships of modern slavery and is aware that liberation is a bitter victory for a child prostitute or a bondaged miner if the result is starvation. Bales offers suggestions for combating the new slavery and provides examples of very positive results from organizations such as Anti-Slavery International, the Pastoral Land Commission in Brazil, and the Human Rights Commission in Pakistan. He also calls for researchers to follow the flow of raw materials and products from slave to marketplace in order to effectively target campaigns of "naming and shaming" corporations linked to slavery. Disposable People is the first book to point the way to abolishing slavery in today's global economy. Appendix contains excerpts from the International Conventions on Slavery
New slavery : a reference handbook by Kevin Bales( )

23 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,013 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the year 2000, there were some 27 million slaves in the world. This book brings into focus the reality of contemporary slavery with vivid examples drawn from cases ranging from the Sudan and India to France and the United States. Weaving statistical and narrative information, this volume explores the causes of the practice and sketches the organizations that exist to battle it
The slave next door : human trafficking and slavery in America today by Kevin Bales( Book )

23 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 2,855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this riveting book, authors and authorities on modern day slavery Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter expose the disturbing phenomenon of human trafficking and slavery that exists now in the United States. In 'The Slave Next Door ' we learn that slaves are all around us, hidden in plain sight: the dishwasher in the kitchen of the neighborhood restaurant, the kids on the corner selling cheap trinkets, the man sweeping the floor of the local department store. In these pages we also meet some unexpected slaveholders, such as a 27-year old middle-class Texas housewife who is currently serving a life sentence for offenses including slavery. Weaving together a wealth of voices--those of slaves, slaveholders, and traffickers as well as from experts, counselors, law enforcement officers, rescue and support groups, and others--this book is also a call to action, telling what we, as private citizens, can do to finally bring an end to this horrific crime"--Jacket
Ending slavery : how we free today's slaves by Kevin Bales( )

13 editions published in 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Shocking, saddening, angering, and inspiring ... Reveals in full a side of the global market many Americans simply do not know about and the unthinkable injustices that could be taking place in their local communities."--Publishers Weekly
Understanding global slavery : a reader by Kevin Bales( )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 2,483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Kevin Bales, the world's leading expert on modern slavery and the author of our best-selling Disposable People, unpacks the realities of slavery today and links that explanation to anti-slavery struggles of the past. Although slavery is illegal throughout the world, we learned from Kevin Bales's highly praised expose, Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy, that more than twenty-seven million people--in countries from Pakistan to Thailand to the United States--are still trapped in bondage. With this new volume, Bales, the leading authority on modern slavery, looks beyond the specific instances of slavery described in his last book to explore broader themes about slavery's causes, its continuation, and how it might be ended. Written to raise awareness and deepen understanding, and touching again on individual lives around the world, this book tackles head-on one of the most urgent and difficult problems facing us today. Each of the chapters in Understanding Global Slavery explores a different facet of global slavery. Bales investigates slavery's historical roots to illuminate today's puzzles. He explores our basic ideas about what slavery is and how the phenomenon fits into our moral, political, and economic worlds. He seeks to explain how human trafficking brings people into our cities and how the demand for trafficked workers, servants, and prostitutes shapes modern slavery. And he asks how we can study and measure this mostly hidden crime. Throughout, Bales emphasizes that to end global slavery, we must first understand it. This book is a step in that direction
To plead our own cause : personal stories by today's slaves by Kevin Bales( )

12 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Boys strapped to carpet looms in India, women trafficked into sex slavery across Europe, children born into bondage in Mauritania, and migrants imprisoned at gunpoint in the United States are just a few of the many forms slavery takes in the twenty-first century. There are twenty-seven million slaves alive today, more than at any point in history, and they are found on every continent in the world except Antarctica. To Plead Our Own Cause contains ninety-five narratives by slaves and former slaves from around the globe. Told in the words of slaves themselves, the narratives movingly and eloquently chronicle the horrors of contemporary slavery, the process of becoming free, and the challenges faced by former slaves as they build a life in freedom. An editors' introduction lays out the historical, economic, and political background to modern slavery, the literary tradition of the slave narrative, and a variety of ways we can all help end slavery today. Halting the contemporary slave trade is one of the great human rights issues of our time. But just as slavery is not over, neither is the will to achieve freedom, "plead" the cause of liberation, and advocate abolition. Putting the slave's voice back at the heart of the abolitionist movement, To Plead Our Own Cause gives occasion for both action and hope. -- Publisher's Description
Blood and earth : modern slavery, ecocide, and the secret to saving the world by Kevin Bales( Book )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and Japanese and held by 1,004 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"BLOOD AND EARTH is a gripping account of the deadly link between slavery and environmental destruction. Kevin Bales is a social scientist, human rights activist, and journalist -- and he's also one of the world's leading experts on modern slavery. In his work he began to notice the connection between environmental decline and slavery: the two almost always went hand-in-hand, whether in the hellish gold mines of Ghana or the miraculously beautiful mangrove forests of Bangladesh. But why? He set off to find the answer on a fascinating and moving journey that took him into the lives of modern day slaves and along a supply chain that leads directly to the cell phones in our pockets. He found solutions that redeemed both the lives of the slaves in the world's most threatened places and the environments they live in. This is a clear-eyed, inspiring, and profoundly hopeful book that brings us dramatic stories from the world's environmental and human rights hotspots and offers solutions to our most pressing crises"--
Slavery today by Kevin Bales( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and Korean and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Slavery Today" traces the "products" created by this inhuman system from the jungle and farm through the global markets and into our lives and homes. It addresses the controversies over prostitution and the buying back of slaves while presenting solutions and ways readers can get involved in the growing global anti-slavery movement
The Social survey in historical perspective, 1880-1940( Book )

13 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text traces the history of the social survey in Britain and the US, with two chapters on Germany and France. It discusses the aims and interests of those who carried out early surveys, and the links between the social survey and the growth of empirical social science
Modern slavery : the secret world of 27 million people by Kevin Bales( Book )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Though slavery is illegal in all countries and banned by international conventions, 27 million people are slaves today. 'Modern Slavery' looks at this phenomenon in all its forms and focuses on the history, economy and links to armed conflicts which have made human beings cheap and disposable
Modern slavery : a beginner's guide by Kevin Bales( Book )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There are 27 million slaves alive - more than at any point in history. This number is also greater than the total population stolen from Africa during four centuries of the transatlantic slave trade. This book blends the research with first-hand accounts from the slaves to reveal the truth behind one of the worst humanitarian crises facing us
Traffik by Norman Jean Roy( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Slavery : a global investigation by Brian Woods( Visual )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary, based on the book Disposable People, exposes cases of slavery in the rug-making sector of Northwest India, the cocoa plantations in the Ivory Coast, and even the homes of World Bank officials in Washington, D.C. Filmed in India, Brazil, West Africa, London, and the US, the documentary shows how slavery fits into the global economy. The filmmakers actually buy slaves in Africa and help to free child slaves in India
Voice of my beautiful country by René Marie( Recording )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moderne Sklaverei by Kevin Bales( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in German and Undetermined and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Überblick über die heutigen Formen der Sklaverei, ihre Verbreitung und die Möglichkeiten, sie zu beseitigen
Modern slavery by Kevin Bales( Recording )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There are 27 million slaves alive today, more than at any point in history. Written by the world's leading experts and campaigners, Modern Slavery: A Beginner's Guide blends original research with shocking first-hand accounts from slaves themselves around the world to reveal the truth behind one of the worst humanitarian crises facing us today. Only a handful of slaves are reached and freed each year, but the authors offer hope for the future with a global blueprint that proposes to end slavery in our lifetime
Modern slavery( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This three-part series lays bare the hard truths of slavery in Europe, Africa, and Asia. From the criminal sex trade to the horrors of armed conflict, viewers encounter slaves and former slaves in France, Moldova, Uganda, India, and Cambodia. Expert guests include Noam Chomsky, Kevin Bales, and Joseph Stiglitz
Slavery : commodities and disposable people in the modern world by Kevin Bales( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Finding our way through the traffick : navigating the complexities of a Christian response to sexual exploitation and trafficking by Christa Foster Crawford( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Where Do We Go from Here? We want to help others find freedom - lasting freedom - from trafficking and exploitation. But the process is as fraught with challenges as it is filled with calls to do better. What are the best routes to effectiveness? How do we avoid common pitfalls? This book brings together decades of experience to help us navigate the complexities of responding to holistic needs in prevention, intervention, rehabilitation, and reintegration. It also explores how to prepare ourselves as organizations and individuals for the journey ahead. This companion to Stopping the Traffick is an essential guide for practitioners, donors, and academics to successfully Find Our Way through the Traffick
Gendai doreisei ni shūshifu o : Ima watashitachi ni dekiru koto by Kevin Bales( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in Japanese and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Understanding global slavery : a reader
New slavery : a reference handbookThe slave next door : human trafficking and slavery in America todayEnding slavery : how we free today's slavesUnderstanding global slavery : a readerTo plead our own cause : personal stories by today's slavesSlavery todayThe Social survey in historical perspective, 1880-1940Modern slavery : the secret world of 27 million people
Alternative Names
Bales, Kevin B.

Bales, Kevin B. 1952-

Bėĭlz, Kevin

Kevin Bales American academic

Kevin Bales Amerikaans socioloog

Kevin Bales US-amerikanischer Soziologe und Sklavereiexperte

Кевин Бейлз

עבדות חדשה

کوین بالز

베일스, 케빈

케빈 베일즈

ベイルズ, ケビン