Dynamics of Unfree Labour in the Contemporary Global Economy

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This short introduction to the symposium sets the context for the collection of articles, locating them in debates about labour conditions in the global economy. It outlines the two central questions which animate the symposium. First, what forms do unfree labour take in the contemporary global economy, and what are the implications for the most vulnerable workers in diverse contexts? Second, which processes, conditions and dynamics generate and facilitate unfree labour, and which theoretical and analytical perspectives do we need in order to understand them? It summarises some of responses to these questions which emerge in the collected articles, and highlights their contributions to the task of advancing fresh ways of thinking about unfree labour. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1037-1041
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013

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  • Global Development Institute


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