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Racism and the Labour Market:- Historical Studies

In collaboration with Dik van Arkel, Els Deslé, Fred Goedbloed, Robert Kloosterman and Kenneth Lunn


Marcel van der Linden and Jan Lucassen

The contributions in this book emphasize three types of historical situations. First, situations where racially structured unfree labour relations (e.g., slavery) turned into free labour markets, or where previously unfree labourers tried to enter the labour market as immigrants. Second, situations where white settlers subjugated peripheral societies, thereby creating a new labour market. The main issue in these situations is whether and, if so, how these situations resulted in racial segmentation. Third, situations where a long established labour market, segmented along class lines but not along racial lines, is confronted with immigrants. The 23 contributions deal with countries on all continents in the period after 1830.
Contents: Why are historical labour-market studies relevant to the understanding of racism? Racism and the labour market after the abolition of slavery: in white settler societies; and in modern industrial societies.