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21st Century Coolies?

Thursday, March 15

King Hall, Rm 1001
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Racialized migrant labor and the law conference 

Migrant workers around the world are subject to exploitative labor practices due to their dependence on employment contracts and/or labor conditions that give employers extraordinary bargaining power. The term “21st Century Coolie” harkens back to the labor arrangements of earlier centuries that involved conscripted labor, indentured servitude and contract labor across national borders. Like those of past centuries, today’s “coolies” are subject to legal constraints inside and outside the employment relationship that force them into subjugated positions within the workplace. This conference explores the contours of the “coolie” experience in the 21st century to uncover its racialized as well as gendered nature, and the role of governments in perpetuating coolie systems. 





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