[excerpted] — Ikea
has long been famous for its inexpensive, some-assembly-required
furniture. On Friday the company admitted that political prisoners in
the former East Germany provided some of the labor that helped it keep
its prices so low.
A report by auditors at Ernst & Young concluded that Ikea, a Swedish
company, knowingly benefited from forced labor in the former East
Germany to manufacture some of its products in the 1980s. Ikea had
commissioned the report in May as a result of accusations that both
political and criminal prisoners were involved in making components of
Ikea furniture and that some Ikea employees knew about it.....
I am a Professor at a large public university. I study political economy and biopolitics (the politics of life). My interests are diverse but are broadly concerned with economic, social and environmental justice. I have published 5 books: Crisis Communication, Liberal Democracy and Ecological Sustainability: The Threat of Financial and Energy Complexes in the Twenty-First Century (2016); Fukusima and the Privatization of Risk (2013); Constructing Autism (2005); Governmentality, Biopower and Everyday Life (2008/2011); Governing Childhood (2010).
I also participated in an edited collection on Fukushima: Fukushima: Dispossession or Denuclearization (2014).