Introduction: Labour in Transport: Histories from the Global South

Stefano Bellucci, Jan-Georg Deutsch, Chitra Joshi, Larissa Rosa Corrêa

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This introduction highlights the main subjects and research questions addressed in the articles making up this Special Issue on the labour histories of transport in the Global South. Although historiographical interest in the history of transport labour is growing, scientific knowledge on the subject is still very limited. This is especially true for histories from outside Europe and North America. Important topics and research problems covered here are: (1) transport labour as facilitating the exchange and mobility of goods but also of peoples and ideas – as such transport constitutes a noteworthy element of social history; (2) transport labour as a factor of production which is relevant for industrial and agrarian societies, as well as for market-driven and socialist economies; (3) the extent to which the processes of globalization, imperial expansion, and the emergence of global capitalism owe a debt to transport labour of the global south and its micro-histories.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Review of Social History
Issue numberSpecial Issue 22
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Labour history
  • Global history
  • Transport
  • Global South

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