Negotiating Narratives of Human Trafficking: NGOs, Communication and the Power of Culture

  title={Negotiating Narratives of Human Trafficking: NGOs, Communication and the Power of Culture},
  author={Erin Michelle Kamler},
  journal={Journal of Intercultural Communication Research},
  pages={73 - 90}
  • E. Kamler
  • Published 19 February 2013
  • Sociology, Art
  • Journal of Intercultural Communication Research
This article draws on interviews with anti-trafficking NGO employees in Thailand to illustrate the use of narratives as a tool for communicating cultural values. Drawing on theories of modernization, culture, and liberation psychology, I assess the way anti-trafficking NGO employees construct narratives, or “stories,” about human trafficking. These narratives rely on Western values associated with modernization, the role of NGOs in development, gendered constructions of victimhood, “Othering… 

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