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Mobilities of Labour and Capital in Asia

Preet S. Aulakh, Philip F. Kelly, Jana M. Kleibert, Harald Conrad, Hendrik Meyer-Ohle, Alvin A. Camba, Francisco J. Valderrey, Miguel A. Montoya, Mauricio Cervantes; Xiangming Chen, Na Fu, Sam Zhou, Gavin Xu, Asha Kuzhiparambil, Hari KC, Rosy Hastir, Margaret Walton-Roberts, Kenneth Cardenas
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  • Date Published: February 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108482325

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  • This book explores the mobilities of capital and labour in the contemporary global economy, with a particular focus on Asia. Using an analytical framework around three dimensions related to the forms, institutions, and spatialities of mobility, the chapters use a variety of sub-national, national and transnational sites within and beyond Asia to examine the interrelationships between mobilities of capital and labour at multiple levels of analyses. The book foregrounds the intricate and persistent linkages between the two mobilities, which have played an important role in capitalist development, but have hitherto mostly been analyzed as separate processes.

    • Uses different geographical sites within Asia (China, Japan, India and Philippines, among others)
    • Is attentive to power dynamics at global, national and sub-national levels
    • Identifies various formal and informal institutional actors and explores the multiple ways in which they facilitate capital and labour mobilities
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    • Date Published: February 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108482325
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 158 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    List of appendices
    1. Introduction. Conceptualizing labour and capital mobilities in and out of Asia Preet S. Aulakh and Philip F. Kelly
    Part I. From Capital to Labour Mobility:
    2. Offshore spaces: multi-scalar bordering processes and the segmented mobilities of capital and labour in Asia Jana M. Kleibert
    3. Japanese multinational companies and the control of overseas investments: expatriates, foreign employees, and Japan's soft power Harald Conrad and Hendrik Meyer-Ohle
    4. Accumulation at the margins? Mineral brokerage and Chinese investments in Philippine mining Alvin A. Camba
    5. Soft power and transnationalism affecting capital and labour mobility: Chinese diaspora in Mexico and Peru Francisco J. Valderrey, Miguel A. Montoya and Mauricio Cervantes
    6. The spatial decoupling and recombination of capital and labour: understanding the new flows across the China-South East Asia borderlands Xiangming Chen, Na Fu, Sam Zhou and Gavin Xu
    Part II. From Labour to Capital Mobility:
    7. Skills development initiatives and labour migration in a secondary circuit of globalized production: evidence from the garment industry in India Asha Kuzhiparambil
    8. The counter geographies of globalization: women's labour migration along the Nepal-Persian Gulf migratory corridor Hari KC
    9. Migration and developmental capital in a Punjab village Rosy Hastir
    10. The production of nurses for global markets: tracing capital and labour circulation in and out of Asia Margaret Walton-Roberts
    11. The mobility-oligopoly nexus in Philippine property development Kenneth Cardenas

  • Editors

    Preet S. Aulakh, York University, Toronto
    Preet S. Aulakh is Professor of Strategy and International Business and Pierre Lassonde Chair in International Business at the Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto. His recent research focuses on the internationalization of firms from developing economies.

    Philip F. Kelly, York University, Toronto
    Philip F. Kelly is Professor of Geography at York University, Toronto and former Director of the York Centre for Asian Research. He studies the interface between political economy approaches to class and labour markets, and cultural approaches that explore the intersection of class and other bases of identity.


    Preet S. Aulakh, Philip F. Kelly, Jana M. Kleibert, Harald Conrad, Hendrik Meyer-Ohle, Alvin A. Camba, Francisco J. Valderrey, Miguel A. Montoya, Mauricio Cervantes; Xiangming Chen, Na Fu, Sam Zhou, Gavin Xu, Asha Kuzhiparambil, Hari KC, Rosy Hastir, Margaret Walton-Roberts, Kenneth Cardenas

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