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Debt bondage in the brokerage system a case study of sugarcane migrants in Tamil Nadu

Debt bondage in the brokerage system a case study of sugarcane migrants in Tamil Nadu In this paper, we deal with one form of bonded labour generating under the brokerage system. We have led a qualitative survey in a small village of South India to study the phenomenon of brokerage. In this village, labourers are seasonal migrants who in order to migrate, take advance from brokers. The village is characterised by a high number of brokers who are in competition to attract labourers to their team. In this environment, labourers have the bargaining power to demand high amount of advance. Therefore, brokers bond them in order to reduce their bargaining power and to avoid competition. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Development Issues Emerald Publishing

Debt bondage in the brokerage system a case study of sugarcane migrants in Tamil Nadu

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1446-8956
DOI
10.1108/eb045859
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Abstract

In this paper, we deal with one form of bonded labour generating under the brokerage system. We have led a qualitative survey in a small village of South India to study the phenomenon of brokerage. In this village, labourers are seasonal migrants who in order to migrate, take advance from brokers. The village is characterised by a high number of brokers who are in competition to attract labourers to their team. In this environment, labourers have the bargaining power to demand high amount of advance. Therefore, brokers bond them in order to reduce their bargaining power and to avoid competition.

Journal

International Journal of Development IssuesEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2006

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