Wage Labour in Southeast Asia since 1840

Globalization, the International Division of Labour and Labour Transformations

  • Amarjit Kaur

Part of the A Modern Economic History of Southeast Asia book series (MEHSA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Formation of a Southeast Asian Economy, c.1800

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Amarjit Kaur
      Pages 3-15
  3. Globalisation in Historical Perspective: Southeast Asia and the International Division of Labour, 1870–1940

  4. Southeast Asia since World War Two: Globalisation, Trade Liberalisation and the New International Division of Labour

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 261-286

About this book


Amarjit Kaur examines wage labour's role in economic growth and change in Southeast Asia since 1840. Her study focuses on globalization; the international division of labour and how transnational economic processes shaped and continue to shape labour systems. There are five main themes - labour processes, migration and labour systems; labour circulation or mobility; the gendered nature of labour relations; and, class consciousness, worker organization and labour standards. A wide-ranging study which will be of great interest to historians, economists and Asia specialists.


East Asia economic growth globalization mobility trade transformation

Authors and affiliations

  • Amarjit Kaur
    • 1
  1. 1.University of New EnglandAustralia

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