“In the Suitcase was a Boy”: Representing Transnational Child Trafficking in Contemporary Crime Fiction.

Beyer, Charlotte ORCID: 0000-0002-2701-5443 (2018) “In the Suitcase was a Boy”: Representing Transnational Child Trafficking in Contemporary Crime Fiction. In: Representations of Transnational Human Trafficking: Present-day News Media, True Crime, and Fiction. Palgrave, Houndmills, pp. 89-115. ISBN 978-3-319-78214-0

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Abstract

This chapter investigates representations of transnational child trafficking in contemporary crime fiction, focusing specifically on the depiction of child trafficking and its victims. Beyer examines the role of crime fiction in raising reader awareness of human trafficking and of the child victims’ predicament and plight, considering didactic dimensions of the genre and how it tends to erase victims in the aftermath of crime. Through detailed examinations of representations of child trafficking and its social and cultural contexts in selected post-2000 British and Scandinavian crime fiction texts, the chapter argues that crime fiction can be seen to engage explicitly in public and private debates around human trafficking, and, through its popular outreach, has the potential to affect popular perceptions of human trafficking and its victims.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Print ISBN 978-3-319-78213-3
Uncontrolled Keywords: open access modern slavery newspapers social policy law enforcement border force human trafficking News Media crime fiction transnational organised crime victim hierarchy critical discourse analysis corpus linguistics narratology child trafficking cultural criminology true crime documentary film stylistics
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology. > HV6001 Criminology > HV6250 Victims of Crimes. Victimology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology. > HV6001 Criminology > HV6251 Crimes and offences
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology. > HV7231 Criminal justice administration > HV7431 Prevention of crime, methods, etc.
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Liberal and Performance Arts > Literary and Critical Studies
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Depositing User: Charlotte Beyer
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2018 10:34
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2018 18:18
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/5752

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