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Sam is interested in the use of sociological, anthropological and policy perspectives to address, especially in African contexts, the interplay between human and child rights, power, class, ethnicity, (un)freedom, inequality, the legacies of slave trade and colonization under conditions of globalisation. Over the last decade, he has pursued this overarching interest through studies on child labour and child work, migration, land grabs, mining, prostitution, forced labour, precarious labour, trafficking, ‘modern slavery’ and contemporary abolitionism. These studies largely underpin Sam’s rights advocacy, media engagements and academic publications which bring into focus the different ways in which moral panics, melodrama and sensationalism about ‘lost’ or ‘broken’ childhoods, trafficking and ‘modern slavery’ coupled with racist and pejorative stereotypes efface understanding of the historical and structural causes of human insecurities and instead produce responses which undermine the rights of (often) the most marginalised populations in quite remarkable ways.
Sam is currently working (as Co-I) on a five year long European Research Council funded project, Modern Marronage: The Pursuit and Practice of Freedom in the Contemporary World (ERC ADG 788563). He leads the project's arm in Ghana, which examines parallels between top-down efforts to impose “civilized” marital relationships on newly emancipated slaves in the US historically, and top-down efforts by contemporary abolitionists to impose “correct” parent-child relationships and childhoods on Ghanaian families and children thought to be at risk of 'modern slavery' today.
- Child Labour
- modern day slavery
- human rights
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3/02/20 → 17/03/22
31/01/20 → 31/12/21
‘Why Was He Videoing Us?’: The ethics and politics of audio-visual propaganda in child trafficking and human trafficking campaignsOkyere, S., Agyeman, N. & Saboro, E., 29 Apr 2021, In: Anti-Trafficking Review. 2021, 16, p. 47-68 22 p., 16.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)105 Downloads (Pure)
Towards a More Holistic Understanding of Child Participation: Foregrounding the Experiences of Children in Ghana and NigeriaTwum-Danso Imoh, A. & Okyere, S., 1 May 2020, In: Children and Youth Services Review. 112, 104927.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-review2 Citations (Scopus)
Howard, N. (ed.) & Okyere, S. (ed.), 20 Jun 2019, (Submitted) Palgrave Macmillan.
Research output: Book/Report › Authored book