Precarious Lives

Forced Labour, Exploitation and Asylum

Hannah Lewis, Peter Dwyer, Stuart Hodkinson, and Louise Waite

Precarious Lives

Hannah Lewis, Peter Dwyer, Stuart Hodkinson, and Louise Waite

Distributed for Bristol University Press

208 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447306917 Published January 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781447306900 Published February 2015 For sale in North and South America only
This groundbreaking volume presents the first detailed look at forced labor among displaced migrants who are seeking refuge in the United Kingdom. Through a critical engagement with contemporary debates about sociolegal statuses, endangerment, and degrees of freedom and its lack, the book carefully details the link between asylum and forced labor and shows how they are both part of the larger picture of modern slavery brought about by globalization.


Free markets, closed borders: migration policy and entry into forced labour

Experiences of forced labour

Status matters: socio-legal status and forced labour among asylum seekers and refugees

The struggle to exit exploitation

From forced labour to unfreedom : conceptualising migrant lives

Conclusions: Hyper precarity

Review Quotes
Jane Wills, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Precarious Lives breaks new ground by focusing on the working experiences of new and refused asylum seekers as well as trafficked workers in the United Kingdom. It exposes the role of the state in causing and perpetuating modern slavery and makes a powerful demand for action. It should be essential reading for politicians as well as campaigners.”
LSE Review of Books
“Truly unique. . . . Precarious Lives shouldn’t simply be used to highlight the flaws in the UK immigration system; rather, the book is compelling as a means to improve the system, especially in this globalized society.”
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