Production Politics and Migrant Labour Regimes

Guest Workers in Asia and the Gulf

  • Charanpal Singh Bal

Part of the Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific book series (CSAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Charanpal Singh Bal
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  3. Charanpal Singh Bal
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  4. Charanpal Singh Bal
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  5. Charanpal Singh Bal
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 245-250

About this book


This book emphasizes the importance of production politics, or struggles in the workplace between workers and their employers, for understanding migrant labour regimes in Asia and the Gulf. Drawing from a study of Bangladeshi construction workers in Singapore, as well as on comparative material in the region, Bal shows that migrant labour politics are significantly influenced by the specific form of production politics as well as their variable outcomes. In contrast to contentious politics approaches, this book sheds light on the extent to which migrant labour regimes can be contested by workers and civil society groups and explains the recent rise in migrant labour unrest in the region.  


Labor Migration Labor Politics Migrant Workers Production Politics Southeast Asia Political Economy Asia labour production

Authors and affiliations

  • Charanpal Singh Bal
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  1. 1.Department of International RelationsBINUS UniversityJakartaIndonesia

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