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

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byJan Breman

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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 theunorganized 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 ofthe 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 labouringpoor in India.

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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 theunorganized workforce and the commodification of...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:467 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.03 inPublished:June 23, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199467714

ISBN - 13:9780199467716

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List of TablesPrefaceList of AbbreviationsIntroduction1. The Political Economy of Dualism2. A Short History of the Informal Sector3. At Work4. Circulation and Immobilization of Labour5. Social Profile and Locale6. Resistance to Exclusion and Coping with InsecurityConclusionBibliographyIndexSELECTED READINGSPublishers Acknowledgement1. The Market for Non-agrarian Labour: The Formal versus Informal Sector2. The Study of Industrial Labour in Post-colonial India:The Formal SectorAn Introductory Review3. A Question of Poverty4. Quality of the Labour Process5. The Expulsion of Labour from the Formal Sector of the Economy6. Neo-bondage: A Fieldwork-based Account7. Proletarian Life and Social Consciousness8. Informality as a Regime of Exploitation and Marginalization9. Myths of the Global Safety Net10. The Eventual Return of Social DarwinismBibliographyAbout the Author