Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to by Kevin Bales

By Kevin Bales

For readers of such crusading works of nonfiction as Katherine Boo’s past the attractive Forevers and Tracy Kidder’s Mountains past Mountains comes a robust and beautiful exam of 2 entwined worldwide crises: environmental destruction and human trafficking—and an inspiring, daring plan for a way we will be able to resolve them.

A best specialist on modern day slavery, Kevin Bales has traveled to a few of the world’s most threatening locations documenting and fighting human trafficking. during his reporting, Bales started to realize a development rising: the place slavery existed, so did giant, unchecked environmental destruction. yet why?

Bales trigger to discover the reply in a desirable and relocating trip that took him into the lives of modern day slaves and alongside a provide chain that leads on to the cell phones in our wallet. What he chanced on is that whilst it destroys participants, households, and groups, new types of slavery that proliferate within the world’s lawless zones additionally pose a grave chance to the surroundings. easily positioned, modern day slavery is destroying the planet.

The made from seven years of trip and examine, Blood and Earth brings us dramatic tales from the world’s most pretty and tragic areas, the environmental and human-rights hotspots the place this concern is targeted. however it additionally tells the tales of a few of the most typical items all of us consume—from desktops to shrimp to jewelry—whose origins are present in those similar places.

Blood and Earth calls on us to acknowledge the grievous damage we've got performed to each other, positioned an finish to it, and recommit to repairing the area. it is a clear-eyed and encouraging e-book that means how we will be able to commence the paintings of therapeutic humanity and the planet we share.

Praise for Blood and Earth

“A heart-wrenching narrative . . . Weaving jointly interviews, background, and data, the writer shines a gentle on how the poverty, chaos, wars, and executive corruption create the suitable typhoon the place slavery prospers and environmental destruction follows. . . . A clear-eyed account of man’s inhumanity to guy and Earth. learn it to get educated, after which take action.”—Kirkus reports (starred evaluate)

“[An] exposé of the worldwide economy’s ‘deadly dance’ among slavery and environmental catastrophe . . . according to huge travels via japanese Congo’s mineral mines, Bangladeshi fisheries, Ghanian gold mines, and Brazilian forests, Bales finds the appalling fact in image aspect. . . . Readers might be deeply disturbed to benefit how the hyperlinks connecting slavery, environmental concerns, and smooth comfort are forged.”—Publishers Weekly

“This well-researched and brilliant publication reports the relationship among slavery and environmental destruction, and what it's going to take to finish both.”—Shelf wisdom (starred review)

“This is a striking publication, demonstrating once again the deep hyperlinks among the continuing degradation of the planet and the continued degradation of its such a lot susceptible humans. It’s a bracing reminder mentality that permits throwaway humans additionally permits a throwaway earth.”—Bill McKibben, writer of Eaarth: creating a existence on a difficult New Planet

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Based on qualitative case studies and historical industry data, the authors show the role of micropolitics in influencing local investment decisions. The authors demonstrate that German sites draw on local resources such as HRM, organizational and technical capacities as well as cooperative relations with important clients, suppliers and partners in micro-political processes and negotiations with the HQ to attract local investment and to develop local resources. In short, local interests and identities are crucial to understanding both investment decisions and political resource mobilization activities.

G. Geppert at al. 2003; Whitley 2001). g. between home country of the MNC and host country of subsidiaries, but in terms of societal distinctiveness of national institutional regimes, which Whitley calls national business systems. g. forms of ownership control, skill development and involvement of lower-level managers and employees in decisionmaking) influence capability building and authority sharing within firms, including the MNC (Whitley 1999). Jackson and Deeg (2008) argue that European institutionalists have “developed a theory of comparative institutional advantage in which different institutional arrangements have distinct strengths and weaknesses for different kinds of economic activity” (Jackson and Deeg 2008:€541).

Chapters of Williams and Geppert and of Sorge and Rothe in this volume). g. food retailing (Wortmann 2004) and fast food (Royle 2002), local actors have fewer opportunities to resist. This brings us to the third distinct characteristic of contestation that we would like to highlight€– the crucial role of social actors in micro-political games played within MNCs. g. Becker-Ritterspach and Dörrenbächer 2009; Dörrenbächer and Geppert 2007) has suggested that political contestation can be studied in the various micro-political games found in MNCs.

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