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Title: Beautiful dead bodies: gender, migration and representation in anti-trafficking campaigns
Authors: Andrijasevic, Rutvica
First Published: Jul-2007
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Citation: Feminist Review, 2007, 86 (1), pp. 24-44
Abstract: This essay addresses the link between sex trafficking and European citizesnhip by examining several anti-trafficking campaigns launched in post-socialist Europe. In illustrating which techniques are used in the production of images, it points to the highly symbolic and stereotypical constructions of femininity (victims) and masculinity (criminals) of eastern European nationals. A close analysis of female bodies dispayed in the campaigns indicates that the use of victimizing images goes hand in hand with the erotization of women’s bodies. Wounded and dead women’s bodies are read as attempts to stabilize the current political and social transformations in Europe by capturing women within the highly immobile boundaries of the sign ‘Woman’. The essay suggests that the representation of violence is thus violent itself since it confirms the stereotypes about eastern European women, equates the feminine with the passive object, severs the body from its materiality and from the historical context in which trafficking occurs, and finally confines women within the highly disabling symbolic register of ‘Woman’ as to maintain an imaginary social order in Europe.
ISSN: 0141-7789
Links: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/fr/journal/v86/n1/full/9400355a.html
http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.fr.9400355
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/9435
Type: Article
Description: Full text of this item is not currently available on the LRA. The final published version is available at http://www.palgrave-journals.com/fr/journal/v86/n1/full/9400355a.html, doi: 10.1057/palgrave.fr.9400355
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