Bonded Labour in Pakistan

Hardcover | July 23, 2016

EditorAyaz Qureshi, Ali Khan

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Bonded Labour in Pakistan is the first academic study of its kind, addressing common misconceptions of what bonded labour actually is, and, crucially, offering an agenda for future research and action on the issue. Comprising of a collection of essays, it provides political, legal, andgendered dimensions to the discussion of bonded labour across different agricultural and industrial sectors in the country. Fresh ethnographic studies have been included that offer a harrowing view of individuals and families trapped in a vicious cycle of bondage along with some seminal publishedessays on the topic. The book takes an incisive look at the exploitative practices prevalent in the mining, brick making, fishing, agriculture, begging, and domestic workers' industries. It compares the practice of peshgi (advance payments) in industries which are comparatively less abusive, such as thefootball-stitching and bangle-making industries in Sialkot and Hyderabad, and analyses the differences that allow these two industries to escape the label of "modern-day slavery". It dissects the elements that turn common practices of recruitment, wages, and "benefits" into tools of manipulation andcontrol. Besides the social constructs of feudalism and poverty that help perpetuate the practice of bonded labour, this collection includes an essay from a legal scholar that deconstructs the weaknesses in the existing laws regarding bondage and the system whereby that law is meant to beimplemented. It also looks explicitly at the fate of women, particularly in the brick making and agriculture sectors, and the violence that seems to accompany women under bondage.

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Bonded Labour in Pakistan is the first academic study of its kind, addressing common misconceptions of what bonded labour actually is, and, crucially, offering an agenda for future research and action on the issue. Comprising of a collection of essays, it provides political, legal, andgendered dimensions to the discussion of bonded lab...

Ayaz Qureshi is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at LUMS. His research interests span a range of issues from governance, politics, and bureaucracies to economics, health, workplace and labour relations, and bonded labour. Prior to joining LUMS, Dr Qureshi taught anthropology at the...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:July 23, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199403899

ISBN - 13:9780199403899

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