Trapped inside a body: A decolonial case study on Peruvian female trafficking as a critique of Western victimization paradigm
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
This study is a critique of Eurocentric, modernist and universal assumptions within the recognition, identification and understanding of the human trafficking victim. International law, academic research and media have established a Western victimization paradigm, providing requirements for victimization that few trafficked persons meet (Lobasz 2009: 322). By a case study on Peruvian trafficking of girls and women, this study questions the universal generalizations. By applying decolonial and intersectional methodology and theory, this thesis focus on the body- and geopolitics of knowledge through analyzing processes surrounding women that are the majority of trafficked girls and women in Peru, arriving from the Peruvian Andes and Amazon. Peruvian trafficking is conceptualized by temporalities and spatialities of colonial legacies where certain women have been sexualized and racialized into inferior position in the society. In conclusion, this thesis finds that there is a severe risk that trafficked girls and women in Peru will not fulfill the established requirement of victimization presented in the Western victimization paradigm. This thesis calls for a new and broader understanding of trafficking through a pluriversal lens rather than universal.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 69 p.
Human trafficking, Peru, decolonial, intersectionality, processes, border thinking, Palermo protocols, universalism, Eurocentrism, modernism, agency, victimization
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-136264ISRN: LIU-TEMA G/GSIC2-A-16/007-SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-136264DiVA: diva2:1086732
Subject / course
Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, Two Year
2017-02-13, 21:28 (English)
Gustavsson, Malena, Dr.
Engstrand, Åsa-Karin, Docent