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1st Edition

Labour Contracts and Labour Relations in Early Modern Central Japan

ISBN 9780415655347
Published November 1, 2012 by Routledge
192 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Based on a collection of labour contracts and other documents, this book examines the legal, economic and social relations of labour as they developed in the commercial enterprises of Tokugawa Japan. The urban focus is Kyoto, the cultural capital and smallest of the three great cities of the Tokugawa period, but the data comes from a wider region of commercial and castle towns and rural villages in central Japan.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 1. Capitalism, Industry and the Organization of Labour 2. Stem Family and Lineage Businesses 3. Labour Organization in Industry 4. Labour Contracts and Contract Labour 5. Workers, Guarantors and Migration Patterns 6. Contract Conditions 7. Conflict and Resolution 8. Labour in Early Modern Japan and Beyond Appendix A: Data Sources Appendix B: Translations of Selected Documents Appendix C: Glossary of Terms Bibliography List of Unpublished Data Sources List of Published Sources Labour Contracts and Labour Relations: Tables and Figures

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Mary Louise Nagata is a Membre Associate at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes and has also been teaching East Asian and Japanese History at University of Minnesota.