Working in India's Informal Economy
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Footloose Labour by Jan Breman
Book DescriptionIn a penetrating anthropological study of the working poor in India, Jan Breman examines the lives of those who, pushed out of the agrarian labour market, depend on casual work. Beginning his local-level research in two villages in south Gujarat, the author discusses the mobilisation of casual labour, which is hired and fired according to the need of the moment, and transferred for the duration of the job to destinations far away from the home area. His case-study reveals that the circulation of labour is indicative of an employment pattern which dominates both the rural and urban economy of large parts of South Asia. Elaborating on the social profile of the work migrants, the author argues that their identity is shaped by both class and caste relations and, despite action by state agencies, nothing of significance has been achieved to improve their quality of life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521568241
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Sep-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jan Breman
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Labour Bondage in West India, Hardback (March 2007)
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A compelling and harrowing examination of the violence that marked the Partition of India.
Success of India's Democracy, Paperback (September 2001)» View all books by Jan Breman
Leading scholars consider how democracy has taken root in India despite poverty, illiteracy and ethnic diversity.
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