Production Politics and Migrant Labour

In a new review, labour specialist Andrew Brown reviews Production Politics and Migrant Labour Regimes: Guest Workers in Asia and the Gulf by Charanpal Singh Bal (DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2017.1355407), published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Brown states that this “excellent book” helps us to understand “the nature, changing forms, and political consequences of labour unrest among … precariously employed and disempowered workers.”

Focused on the experiences of Bangladeshi workers in Singapore, Bal also makes comparative observations of workers in the Gulf. Brown considers that Bal “develops a sophisticated theoretical framework to offer a probing and insightful examination of the dynamics that lie behind the struggles of migrant workers and their politics.”

Bal’s attention is to production politics. In considering “conflicts between workers and their employers over the terms and conditions of work” the author looks at different forms of struggle as challenges to state-sponsored regimes of control are developed.

Brown argues that Bal develops an innovative theoretical framework and creatively applies it to the analysis of the struggles of migrant workers and their politics.

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