Jairus Banaji The Fictions of Free Labour: Contract, Coercion, and So-Called Unfree Labour For Jan Breman Premises: the elusive reality of consent * W hen is a c ontract ‘ volunt ary’? The answer is, probably never. The underlying assumption in the claim that some or most contracts are ‘voluntary’ is that we can ‘ descriptively identify domains o f freedo m and distinguish them from domains o f choicelessness’. 1 The conception of contracts as the outcome of a free choice genera lises to all sorts of contracts, including contracts of employment. Through contract (the general theory/classical law of), the nineteenth century sanitised wage-labour in the sanguine images of individual autonomy, private volition, free will, and free agency. There was, of course, a long pre-nineteenth-century tradition, going back to antiquity, that had seen wage-labour (contracts fo r t he h iri ng o f la bo ur ; ‘ s erv ic e’ i n an ea rl ier terminology) in terms of the subordination of the employee to the employer. 2 In one formulation of Historical Materialism , volume 11:3 (69–95) © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2003 Also available online – www.brill.nl * Michael Anderson, Sebastian
Historical Materialism – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2003
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