We are happy to announce the publication of the volume “Moving Workers: Historical Perspectives on Labour, Coercion and Im/Mobilities”! The book is the outcome of the discussions in Working Group 3, Im/Mobilisations of the Workforce, and has been edited by Claudia Bernardi, Viola Müller, Biljana Stojić and Vilhelm Vilhelmsson.

This book explores how workers moved and were moved, why they moved, and how they were kept from moving. Combining global labour history with mobility studies, it investigates moving workers through the lens of coercion. The contributions in this book are based on extensive archival research and span Europe and North America over the past 500 years. They provide fresh historical perspectives on the various regimes of coercion, mobility, and immobility as constituent parts of the political economy of labour. Moving Workers shows that all struggles relating to the mobility of workers or its restriction have the potential to reveal complex configurations of hierarchies, dependencies, and diverging conceptions of work and labour relations that continuously make and remake our world.

The book is available Open Access here: https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/9783111137155/html