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Sweatshops at Sea: Merchant Seamen in the World's First Globalized Industry, from 1812 to the Present

Leon Fink


As the main artery of international commerce, merchant shipping was the world's first globalized industry, often serving as a vanguard for issues touching on labor recruiting, the employment relationship, and regulatory enforcement that crossed national borders. This book examines the evolution of laws and labor relations governing ordinary seamen over the past two centuries. The merchant marine offers an ideal setting for examining the changing regulatory regimes applied to workers by the United States, Great Britain, and, ultimately, an organized world community. The book explores both how p ... More

Keywords: international commerce, merchant shipping, globalized industry, labor recruiting, employment relationship, regulatory enforcement, labor relations, seamen, regulatory regimes, maritime labor regulations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780807834503
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807877807_fink


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leon Fink, author