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Indian Labor and the History of Transnational Rights Regimes by Rachel Sturman

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:15pm - G08 Uris Hall

This paper examines the colonial system of Indian indentured labor as a key precursor to the emergence of modern transnational standards for humane conditions of labor. This analysis in turn opens up an exploration of modern meanings of labor, freedom, and rights.       

Rachel Sturman is Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies at Bowdoin College. A scholar of colonial and post-colonial India, her work has focused on legal modernity, secularism, gender & the family, and liberal thought. She is currently engaged in a project on colonial and post-colonial capitalism in India, focusing on the history of modern efforts to ameliorate the conditions of manual labor

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