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Footloose Labour
Working in India's Informal Economy

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Part of Contemporary South Asia

  • Date Published: September 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521560832

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  • In 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.

    • A sympathetic and penetrating account of migrant labour in India
    • Author is a highly distinguished scholar in the field
    • Interdisciplinary study which will appeal not only to South Asianists, but also to economists, anthropologists and historians
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    Awards

    • Winner of the Edgar Graham Book Prize 1998

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    'The author has been working in the economy of South Gujerat for half a lifetime, and his knowledge of it, and particularly of labourers within it, is profound.' Asian Affairs

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521560832
    • length: 290 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Changing profile of rural labour
    2. Inflow of labour into south Gujarat
    3. Contact between demand and supply
    4. Quality of the labour process
    5. Mode of wage payment and secondary labour conditions
    6. State care for unregulated labour
    7. Proletarian life and social consciousness.

  • Author

    Jan Breman, Universiteit van Amsterdam

    Awards

    • Winner of the Edgar Graham Book Prize 1998

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