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The U.S. Congress’ Political Construction of “Child Trafficking” as a Global Social Problem, 1999-2013

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dc.contributor.advisor Dale, John G. Bay, Amanda
dc.creator Bay, Amanda 2015-04-23 2015-08-04T16:10:42Z 2015-08-04T16:10:42Z 2015-08-04
dc.description.abstract This thesis describes how “child trafficking” has only recently been constructed as a global social problem by the U.S. Congress (with strong influences from intergovernmental organizations), even though it has been around for decades. This thesis is not an attempt to provide a solution to eradicating this problem, but rather it is an attempt to provide insight into what was occurring during 1999 and 2013 that caused the U.S. Congress to keep changing its perspective on child trafficking and its relevance. It also discusses the need for social institutions to recognize that traffickers are not the only actors that permit the progression of the trafficking trade, but rather that there are other contributing factors that have not been recognized as facilitators of this practice. In the process of researching and writing this thesis, I have used a social constructionist approach to analyze Congressional hearings, Government bills and reports, international organizations’ publications, and scholarly research that have helped me to better understand how the U.S. Congress politically constructed “child trafficking” as a specifically “global” social problem between the years of 1999 and 2013.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject child trafficking en_US
dc.subject political construction en_US
dc.subject congress en_US
dc.subject social problem en_US
dc.title The U.S. Congress’ Political Construction of “Child Trafficking” as a Global Social Problem, 1999-2013 en_US
dc.type Thesis en Master of Arts in Sociology en_US Master's en Sociology en George Mason University en

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