Informal Labour in Urban India

Informal Labour in Urban India

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During the last two decades, rapid economic growth and development in India has been based upon the mass employment of informal labour. Using case studies from three urban regions, this book examines this growth in modern Indiaa€™s cities and towns. It argues that India has undergone a process of uneven and combined development during its integration with the world economy, leading to a distorted form of urban development. This book is about work and resistance in Indiaa€™s massive a€˜informal economya€™. It looks at the growth of informal labour in Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi during an era of neoliberal economic policymaking. Going beyond mainstream accounts, it argues that Indiaa€™s rapid economic development has been based upon the mass employment of workers on low wages who lack basic social protection and rights at work. It discusses how urban development in India is characterised by a combination of industrialisation, industrial relocation, restructuring and informalisation. Departing from some existing studies of de-industrialisation, it re-frames informalisation as a process that complements, rather than contradicts, contemporary industrialisation in rapidly-emerging economies. The book adopts a a€˜classes of laboura€™ approach, classifying each case of informal labour as a specific a€˜form of exploitationa€™: as a different way for employers to lower production costs, control workers and increase enterprise flexibility. Offering a critique of existing data on the measurement and monitoring of informal labour and employment, the book is relevant to students and scholars of Development Studies, International Political Economy and South Asian Studies.... Tata, and the motorcycle and auto-rickshaw manufacturer Bajaj, as well as foreign firms like Sony, Pears and the financial services firm, HSBC. ... Large- scale industry continued to play a more important role in Mumbaia#39;s economy than in Maharashtraa#39;s other urban centres. ... In comparison, Pune recorded 74 such establishments (such as Thyssen Krupp, Tata Motors and Veritas), Thane recorded 48anbsp;...

Title:Informal Labour in Urban India
Author: Tom Barnes
Publisher:Routledge - 2014-12-17

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