Toward a Sustainable Theory of Human Trafficking and Contemporary Slavery

  • Laura DryjanskaEmail author


Human trafficking and modern slavery have become popular topics in our societies. Unsurprisingly, there is a quickly growing body of diversified research worldwide, including psychological perspectives. The time has come to propose a holistic outlook on these issues.

This theoretical chapter contains a discussion of ontological, epistemological, ethical, and aesthetic aspects of human trafficking. I discuss the relationship between human trafficking and modern slavery, subsequently outlining some major theoretical approaches. In the spirit of “connecting the dots” of diversified research, I suggest a possible sustainable theory applicable to research on human trafficking: the theory of social representations of Serge Moscovici. Some practical recommendations based on characteristics of alternative representations follow the discussion of reified and consensual universes. I also propose the integration of social representations with metarelational models, especially useful when facing moral aspects of human trafficking.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola UniversityLa MiradaUSA

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