Labour Contracts and Labour Relations in Early Modern Central Japan

By Mary Louise Nagata

© 2004 – Routledge

184 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

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A: Data Sources Appendix B: Translations of Selected Documents Appendix C: Glossary of Terms Bibliography List of Unpublished Data Sources List of Published Sources Labour Contracts and Labour Relations: Tables and Figures

About the Author

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.

About the Series

Changing Labour Relations in Asia

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS003000
HISTORY / Asia / General
HIS021000
HISTORY / Asia / Japan
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General