The Perverse Politics of Four-Letter Words: Risk and Pity in the Securitisation of Human Trafficking

  title={The Perverse Politics of Four-Letter Words: Risk and Pity in the Securitisation of Human Trafficking},
  author={Claudia Aradau},
  journal={Millennium - Journal of International Studies},
  pages={251 - 277}
  • Claudia Aradau
  • Published 1 March 2004
  • Political Science
  • Millennium - Journal of International Studies
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