In seeking to provoke debate, the book reveals the variety of experiences evident in countries and regions marked by capitalist and (post) socialist regulatory frameworks, and contrasting labour regimes, histories and cultures. The contributions show the importance of critically examining both the complex nature of global-local links and the particular ways economic processes are around the themes of labour regimes, labour processes, labour mobility and labour communities, the essays show how economic development is not only shaped by market forces but is also interlocked in systems of meaning.
Table of Contents
Preface List of Tables and Figures Contributors 1. Studying Labour in Southeast Asia: Reflections on Structures and Processes Part 1 The Regulation of Labour and Labour Regimes 2. Labour Dynamics in the Plantation and Mining Sectors in Southeast Asia, 1840-1950: A Historical Perspective 3. Constructing Child Labour: Attitude to Juvenile Work in Indonesia, 1900-2000 4. Trade Unions in Vietnam in Historical Perspective: The Transformation of Concepts 5. Local Politics and Labour Relations in the Philippines: The Case of Subic Bay Part 2 Labour Processes: Old Forms, New Meanings 6. Are They Incompatible? Modern Farming and Non-Market Labour in the Northern Philippine Uplands 7. From Resource Managers to Secondary Farm Hands: Changing Gender Divisions of Labour in a Philippine Upland Village 8. Labour Practices Outside the Factory: Modern Forms of Household Production in Java 9. Transforming Industrial Relations: the Case of the Malaysian Auto Industry Part 3 Labour Mobility and Work Transformations 10. Labour Relations and Mobility in Provincial Thailand 11. Labour Relations in a Changing Rural World: The Evolving Thai Experience 12. Labour Restructuring in Vietnam since the Economic Reform 13. Domestic Workers and Transnational Migration: Perspectives from the Philippines and Singapore Part 4 Reproducing Workers: The Boundaries of Community 14. Labouring Communities: Women's Roles in the Ombilin Coal Mines of Sumatra (1892-1965) 15. Labour Politics in Migrant Communities: Ethnicity and Women's Activism in Tangerang, Indonesia Index
Rebecca Elmhirst is Senior Lecturer in the School of Environment, University of Brighton, UK.
Ratna Saptari is a Senior Researcher at the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, The Netherlands