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The Resource Contract workers, risk, and the war in Iraq : Sierra Leonean labor migrants at US military bases, Kevin J.A. Thomas

Contract workers, risk, and the war in Iraq : Sierra Leonean labor migrants at US military bases, Kevin J.A. Thomas

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Contract workers, risk, and the war in Iraq : Sierra Leonean labor migrants at US military bases
Title
Contract workers, risk, and the war in Iraq
Title remainder
Sierra Leonean labor migrants at US military bases
Statement of responsibility
Kevin J.A. Thomas
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Language
eng
Summary
"In 2003, just before the start of the US invasion of Iraq, military planners predicted that the mission's success would depend on using diverse sources for their workforce. While thousands of US troops were needed to secure victory in the field, large numbers of civilian contractors--many from poor countries in Africa and Asia--were recruited to provide a range of services for the occupying forces. In Contract Workers, Risk, and the War in Iraq Kevin Thomas provides a compelling account of the recruitment of Sierra Leonean workers and their reasons for embracing the risks of migration. In recent years US military bases have outsourced contracts for services to private military corporations who recruit and capitalize on cheaper low-skilled workers. Thomas argues that for people from post-conflict countries such as Sierra Leone, where there are high levels of poverty and acute unemployment, the opportunity to improve their situation outweighs the risk of migration to war-torn Iraq. Examining migrants' experiences in their native country, their time spent at US bases, and after their return to Sierra Leone, Thomas deftly explores the intricate dynamics of risk, sets up a theoretical framework for future researchers, and offers policy recommendations for decision-makers and practitioners in the field. Incorporating the voices of Sierra Leonean contractors who were manipulated and exploited, Contract Workers, Risk, and the War in Iraq turns the spotlight on a subject that has remained on the periphery of history, and reveals an unexpected consequence of the War on Terror."--
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Thomas, Kevin J. A,
Dewey number
331.6/26640567
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Human dimensions in foreign policy, military studies, and security studies
Series volume
5
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  • Foreign workers
  • Sierra Leoneans
  • Sierra Leoneans
  • Sierra Leoneans
  • Military bases, American
  • Iraq War, 2003-2011
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Contract workers, risk, and the war in Iraq : Sierra Leonean labor migrants at US military bases, Kevin J.A. Thomas
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Risk and the determinants of labor migration -- Social transitions, jobs, and migration in Sierra Leone -- Recruiting workers and preparing for migration -- Supporting the US mission in Iraq -- The downsides of contract work -- Return migration, reintegration, and "blood dollars" -- Making migration work
Control code
ocn989789825
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780773552166
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eBooks on EBSCOhost
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)989789825
Label
Contract workers, risk, and the war in Iraq : Sierra Leonean labor migrants at US military bases, Kevin J.A. Thomas
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Risk and the determinants of labor migration -- Social transitions, jobs, and migration in Sierra Leone -- Recruiting workers and preparing for migration -- Supporting the US mission in Iraq -- The downsides of contract work -- Return migration, reintegration, and "blood dollars" -- Making migration work
Control code
ocn989789825
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780773552166
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)989789825

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