Social Histories of Work in Asia
Asian Studies
Saskia Gieling, Shannon Cunningham (US & Canada)
In cooperation with the International Institute of Social History
see below
Geografische scope:
Asia; East Asia; South-East Asia
Chronological scope:
20th and 21st centuries

imagesFor centuries Asian workers provided their own societies and the world with manufactures, spices, rice and many other items.  Recruitment, organization and control of sufficient amounts of labour have been essential to keep the Asian economies and societies going. This series aims at looking into these dynamics in depth, acknowledging the wide-ranging variety of social trajectories including labour values and cultural connotations, ecological constraints and different degrees of market orientations. The series aims to be a meeting place between experts from a variety of disciplines; from linguistics to history and social sciences.

The core ambition of the series is to explain different types of labour (share cropping, wage labour, slavery, casual or precarious labour) within a wider cultural, economic and ecological context. Topics such as guilds, circulation of labour, gender stratifications, religious and ethnic identities or modes of labour control are all relevant to this approach. Other topics may be balancing these more structural considerations by departing from the workers’ perspectives and their actions: ranging from collective action and daily resistance to life cycles and their relationship to labour. Geographically the series will cover the space from East Asia to West Asia; from Japan to Egypt.  

Series Editors:
Ulbe Bosma, International Institute of Social History and VU University, Amsterdam
Touraj Atabaki, International Institute of Social History and Leiden University
Claude Chevaleyre, École des Haute Études en Sciences Sociales

Proposals Welcome:
The series’ editors welcome scholarly monographs in English both by established and early-career researchers. Both in-depth local studies as comparative work, particularly reciprocal comparisons, fit the series. All titles are also published in Open Access.

Proposals for monographs or edited volumes should kindly follow the standard AUP Proposal format and should also include the envisaged table of contents or overview of the volume and abstracts of the proposed chapters or articles. 

Further Information:
For questions or to submit a proposal, contact our commissioning editors: Saskia Gieling (Senior Commissioning Editor Asian Studies, and Shannon Cunningham (Commissioning Editor Asian Studies, US & Canada,

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