Writing Labour: Stone Quarry Workers on the Periphery of Delhi over the Last Quarter Century

Hardcover | October 1, 2010

byMohammad Talib

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This book focuses on labour located beyond the expanding rim of south Delhi and beneath the radar of effective law and policy. Building upon the personal narratives of the people who constitute this labouring class, this study also attempts to record their dwindling oral tradition. Thismonograph brings to the fore the dynamics of their survival against the wider sphere of India's working class. It offers novel ways of entering the inner world of these masses to interpret their symbolism and significance in the informal economy. It questions the view that these people are passiveobjects and instead tries to portray them as active negotiators of their own circumstances, however dismal.This book is crucial to the current debates about labour and development studies. It draws public attention to this section of humanity whose story of social exclusion and struggle for survival is rarely heard amidst the counter narratives on the boom in the formal globalized economy.

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This book focuses on labour located beyond the expanding rim of south Delhi and beneath the radar of effective law and policy. Building upon the personal narratives of the people who constitute this labouring class, this study also attempts to record their dwindling oral tradition. Thismonograph brings to the fore the dynamics of their...

Mohammad Talib is Fellow, Anthropology of Muslim Societies, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pagesPublished:October 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198067712

ISBN - 13:9780198067719

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgementsList of TablesIntroduction to Writing Labour1. Living Off the Stones: Conditions of Life2. Thinking through the Stones: Workers' Images and Expressions3. Stirrings from the Stones: Collective Protests and Struggles4. Dots on the Stones: Personal Profiles5. Sites of World-Making: Ideology and Contestations6. Being with the Stone Quarry Workers: Field Reminiscences and ReflectionsConclusions and ImplicationsAppendixGlossaryBibliographyName IndexSubject Index