Outcast Labour in Asia: Circulation and Informalization of the Workforce at the Bottom of the…

Paperback | June 30, 2012

byJan Breman

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Written from 1999 onwards, these essays focus on labour at the bottom of the rural economy, lacking social, economic, and political wherewithal, and their struggles to find a foothold in the urban economy. The author draws on his extensive fieldwork from India, Indonesia, and China. The volumedemonstrates that this extremely vulnerable group is largely excluded from a life of dignity, stability, and decent work and the recent policies of globalization have only worsened their prospects of escape from this wretched existence.This book is crucial to the debates about labour and development studies in the current climate of globalization. It raises and answers important questions pertaining to the dynamics of life and work at the lower rungs of society.

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Written from 1999 onwards, these essays focus on labour at the bottom of the rural economy, lacking social, economic, and political wherewithal, and their struggles to find a foothold in the urban economy. The author draws on his extensive fieldwork from India, Indonesia, and China. The volumedemonstrates that this extremely vulnerable...

Jan Breman is Professor Emeritus and Fellow, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:404 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.07 inPublished:June 30, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198089430

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PrefacePublisher's AcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction: The Great Transformation in the Setting of AsiaI. The Agrarian Background1. Labour and Landlessness in South and Southeast Asia2. The Political Economy of Agrarian ChangeII. Leaving the Village Behind3. Coming to Kolkata: Pathways to a Better Life or Lost in Dead-end Alleys?4. How to Find Space, Shop Around, and Move Up in the Informal Sector5. SlumlandsIII. The Urban Economy and its Workforce6. Industrial Labour in Post-colonial India: The Early Beginnings7. Industrial Labour in Post-colonial India: Getting Rid of Formal Sector EmploymentIV. The Exodus of Rural Labour:8. The Informal Sector of India's Economy9. Labour Migration from Rural to Urban ChinaV. The Dynamics of Exclusion10. Social Exclusion in the Context of Globalization11. The Political Economy of Unfree Labour in South Asia: Determining the Nature and Magnitude of Debt Bondage12. Myths of the Global Safety Net13. The Eventual Return of Social DarwinismIndex