Panel 2: Capitalist Relations in Southeast Asia: Revisiting Migration, Labour and Gender

Panel Time: 
Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 10:30 to 13:00


Michaela Haug, GSSC
Oliver Tappe, GSSC


The increasing integration of even small rural communities of Southeast Asia into the global capitalist economy (re-)produces various inequalities. Social insecurity and precariousness also stem from the increasing commodification of land and other natural resources, and new forms of mobility. The expansion of state control influences peripheral societies as well, especially through ambitious plans of national and local governments to boost economic growth through natural resource extraction. In this panel we look at these processes from a gendered perspective. How are men and women – to different degrees – incorporated into new capitalist labor relations? How are new ‘capitalist frontiers’ in rural upland regions linked with varying urbanized social spaces in lowland Southeast Asia? What are the shifts and tensions of the division of productive and reproductive labor within households and communities? How does it change gender roles, gender identities and gender relations?


Tania Murray Li (University of Toronto)