Introduction: Colonialism, Institutional Change, and Shifts in Global Labour Relations

Karin Hofmeester, P. de Zwart

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Abstract

The introduction explains the purpose of this volume: to explain the development of labour relations by looking at the institutions pertaining to various economic resources in society: commodities, land, labour, and capital. Rather than looking at the effect of colonial institutions on economic growth and viewing labour in a static and generic manner, we want to establish a more precise relationship between colonial institutions and changing labour relations. Therefore the pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial periods are taken into account and we carefully look at changes over time in the institutions and the various forms of labour relations that prevailed, both free and unfree. The agency of the workers and their possible options to opt out of the labour system that was
established by the colonizers are explicitly included.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationColonialism, Institutional Change, and Shifts in Global Labour Relations
EditorsKarin Hofmeester, Pim de Zwart
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Chapter1
Pages11-26
ISBN (Electronic)9789048535026
ISBN (Print)9789462984363
Publication statusPublished - 13 Mar 2018

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    Hofmeester, K., & de Zwart, P. (2018). Introduction: Colonialism, Institutional Change, and Shifts in Global Labour Relations. In K. Hofmeester, & P. de Zwart (Eds.), Colonialism, Institutional Change, and Shifts in Global Labour Relations (pp. 11-26). Amsterdam University Press. https://edepot.wur.nl/448750