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At Work in the Informal Economy of India: A Perspective from the Bottom Up (OIP)

ISBN : 9780199467716

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Author: 
Jan Breman
Pages
467 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Jul 2016
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With labour being pushed out of agriculture, Jan Breman analyses why, when, and how the massive shift in production and employment came about. The book is divided into two parts. The first part discusses the past and present path of capitalism and dwells on the abominable condition of the unorganized workforce and the commodification of labour, familiarizing the reader with the concept of informality and its ramifications. The second part, a compilation of well-established, critical readings in the field by the author, elaborates on themes and issues introduced in the first part of the book. Drawing upon detailed field accounts and a critique of the informal sector at both analytical and empirical levels, the author examines different aspects of the labour regime that, in the past decades, has become dominant in the world at large, with serious consequences for the labouring poor in India.

Index: 

AT WORK IN THE INFORMAL ECONOMY OF INDIA
List of Tables
Preface
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
1. The Political Economy of Dualism
2. A Short History of the Informal Sector
3. At Work
4. Circulation and Immobilization of Labour
5. Social Profile and Locale
6. Resistance to Exclusion and Coping with Insecurity
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

SELECTED READINGS
Publishers Acknowledgement
1. The Market for Non-agrarian Labour: The Formal versus
Informal Sector
2. The Study of Industrial Labour in Post-colonial India:
The Formal SectorAn Introductory Review
3. A Question of Poverty
4. Quality of the Labour Process
5. The Expulsion of Labour from the Formal Sector
of the Economy
6. Neo-bondage: A Fieldwork-based Account
7. Proletarian Life and Social Consciousness
8. Informality as a Regime of Exploitation and
Marginalization
9. Myths of the Global Safety Net
10. The Eventual Return of Social Darwinism
Bibliography
About the Author

About the author: 

Jan Breman is Emeritus Professor of Comparative Sociology at the University of Amsterdam and Honorary Fellow with the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam.

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