Mediating Labour: an introduction

U. Bosma, E. van Nederveen Meerkerk, A. Sarkar

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The essays in this volume aim to explain the evolution and persistence of various practices of indirect labour recruitment. Labour intermediation is understood as a global phenomenon, present for many centuries in most countries of the world, and taking on a wide range of forms: varying from outright trafficking to job placement in the context of national employment policies. By focusing on the actual practices of different types of labour mediators in various regions of the world during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and by highlighting both the national as well as the international and translocal contexts of these practices, this volume intends to further a historically informed global perspective on the subject.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Review of Social History
Issue numberSpecial Issue S20
Early online date24 Aug 2012
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Special issue: Mediating Labour: Worldwide Labour Intermediation in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.


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