Comment: post-war settlements and the production of new illegalities
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Anthropologists examining gender violence and migration in post-conflict societies have grappled with a variety of analytical and methodological issues. While much of this work has provided some vivid ethnographic accounts of the local context and complexities of conflict, at the same time, research in this area has often raised challenging questions about the conditions, causes and consequences of human harm and how best to go about analyzing them. Andrew Dawson’s exploration into the landscape of human trafficking in Bosnia and Herzegovina brings us similarly rich and problematic conclusions and is timely and useful both for what the data show as well as for what Dawson is not able to tell us about the exploitation of women and children in post-conflict areas.
Dawson has three important stories to tell. First, he seeks to understand the process and outcomes of the scaling back of international assistance in BiH and its effects on both the local community and on criminal activity. In...
KeywordsHuman Trafficking Ethnic Conflict Peace Agreement International Assistance Gender Violence
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