Towards a Comparative Political Economy of Unfree Labour: Case Studies and Debates

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Political Science - 348 pages
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Much writing about agragarian change in the Third World assumes that unfree relations are archaic forms, destined to be eliminated in the course of capitalist development. This text argues that the incidence of bonded labour is much greater than generally supposed, and that in certain situations rural employers prefer an unfree workforce.
  

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Contents

Towards a Definition of Bonded Labour
9
Bonded Labour in Eastern Peru
47
Bonded Labour in Northwestern India
80
Bonded Labour in Northeastern India 10
110
Neoclassical and Marxist Approaches to Capitalism
145
The Latin American Enganche System
182
Attached Labour in India
217
Unfree Labour Culture and Nationalism
255
Conclusion
295
Bibliography
305
Author Index
333
Subject Index
341
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Tom Brass formerly lectured in the Social and Political Sciences Faculty at the University of Cambridge and directed studies at Queens' College.

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