“The incorporation of island Southeast Asia into the global capitalist economy was not one homogenizing process, as scholars from Immanuel Wallerstein to Daron Acemoglu would have it. Instead, local demographic, social, and political conditions determined the emergence of a variety of labor relations, migration patterns, and patterns of social inequality. In this pathbreaking book, Ulbe Bosma shows in great empirical detail how these diverse forms emerged centuries ago and continue to influence the connection between island Southeast Asia and the capitalist world economy to this day.”
~ Sven Beckert, Harvard University
This week we are running a book giveaway for The Making of a Periphery: How Island Southeast Asia Became a Mass Exporter of Labor, by Ulbe Bosma, a book of major significance to international economic history, colonial and postcolonial history, and Southeast Asian history. Bosma tracks the transition of Island Southeast Asia from a thriving region, with eager consumers of their products, to primarily supplying cheap labor all over the world. Stay tuned this week for a Q&A with Bosma in which he discusses this recent publication.
Fill out the form below by midnight on Sunday, October 6 for a chance to win a copy of this book!
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