Bonded Labour in Pakistan

ISBN : 9780199403899

Ali Khan; Ayaz Ahmed Qureshi
232 ページ
138 x 216 mm

Part of the Oxford in Pakistan Readings in Sociology and Social Anthropology series Bonded labour in Pakistan brings together, for the first time, a collection of essays addressing bonded labour across different agricultural and industrial sectors in Pakistan. With contributions from prominent experts on labour issues and human rights activism, field researchers and ethnographers, and a leading legal scholar, the collection is a multi-disciplinary engagement with bonded labour in Pakistan as it has evolved over the last two decades.


Chapter 1 Beyond setting at liberty: A legal study of the status of bonded labour in Pakistan Ali Qazilbash
Chapter 2 Debt bondage in the brick kilns of Pakistan Ercelawn and Nauman
Chapter 3 Debt bondage in the mining sector Ahmad Salim
Chapter 4 Recruitment and wage systems in selected sectors Ali Khan
Chapter 5 Class formation and the political economy of bonded labour in Punjab Nicholas Martin
Chapter 6 Bonded labour among fishermen of the Indus River Ayaz Qureshi
Chapter 7 Bonded labour in domestic work and begging Haris Gazdar
Chapter 8 Women bonded labourers in Pakistan Sadaf Ahmed
Chapter 9 Reconsidering links between debt and peshgi Ali Khan
Chapter 10 Brick Kilns revisited Ali Khan, Laila Bushra, and Hamid Sultan


Dr Ali Khan is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Department Chair at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). His research interests vary from labour issues, particularly child and bonded labour to popular culture in Pakistan focusing particularly on cinema and sports. He is also the Series Editor for Oxford University Press Oxford in Pakistan Readings in Sociology and Social Anthropology series. He has a MPhil and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge in England.; Dr Ayaz Ahmed Qureshi is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He received his PhD in Anthropology from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, United Kingdom in 2013. Prior to joining LUMS, he taught anthropology at SOAS, University of Sussex, and University of Oxford. His research interests include sexual and reproductive health, NGOs, bureaucracy, neo-liberalization, and Pakistani labour migration to the Persian Gulf. He has recently published articles in Journal of Royal Anthropological Society, Development and Change, Anthropology and Medicine, and Global Public Health.