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Critical perspectives on work and employment in globalizing India

Contributor(s): Noronha, Ernesto [Editor] | D'Cruz, Premilla [Editor].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Singapore Springer 2017Description: xxi, 303 p.ISBN: 9789811034909.Subject(s): Globalization - India | Work and employement | Labour relationDDC classification: FP 338.88954 Summary: This book showcases issues of work and employment in contemporary India through a critical lens, serving as a systematic, scholarly and rigorous resource which provides an alternate view to the glowing metanarrative of the subcontinent’s ongoing economic growth in today’s globalized world. Critical approaches ensure that divergent and marginalized voices are highlighted, promoting a more measured perspective of entrenched standpoints. In casting social reality differently, a quest for solutions that reshape current dynamics is triggered. The volume spans five thematic areas, subsuming a range of economic sectors. India is a pre-eminent destination for offshoring, underscoring the relevance of global production networks (Theme 1). Yet, the creation of jobs has not transformed employment patterns in the country but rather accentuated informalization and casualization (Theme 2). Indeed, even India’s ICT-related sectors, perceived as mascots of modernity and vehicles for upward mobility, raise questions about the extent of social upgrading (Theme 3). Nonetheless, these various developments have not been accompanied by collective action – instead, there is growing evidence of diminished pluralistic employment relations strategies (Theme 4). Emergent concerns about work and employment such as gestational surrogacy and expatriate experiences attest to the evolving complexities associated with offshoring (Theme 5). http://www.springer.com/in/book/9789811034909
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Table of Contents:


1 The World of Work in Contemporary India: The Relevance of a Critical Lens
India’s Place in Global Production Networks
2 “White Gold” for Whom? A Study of Institutional Aspects of Work and Wages in Cotton GPNs in India
3 Why Has the Indian Automotive Industry Reproduced “Low Road” Labour Relations?
4 “The Recession Has Passed but the Effects Are Still with Us”: Employment, Work Organization and Employee Experiences of Work in Post-crisis Indian BPO
Rising Informalization and Casualization of Employment
5 Informal Work in the Formal Sector: Conceptualizing the Changing Role of the State in India
6 Matter in Motion: Work and Livelihoods in India’s Economy of Waste
7 Reclassifying Economies by the Degree and Intensity of Informalization: The Implications for India
ICT-Related Offshoring—Rewriting the Trajectory of Indian Society?
8 Altering the Social Fabric of the Working Poor? Work and Employment Issues of Support Workers Catering to International ICT-ITES Firms in Mumbai
9 Jack of All Trades and Master of None? The Development of IT (Compatible) Qualification Between State, Company and Individual Career Planning
10 Partially Empowering but not Decent? The Contradictions of Online Labour Markets
Challenges Facing Industrial Relations and Collective Action
11 The Paradoxes of Social Partnership and Union Revival in India
12 Locating Worker Power in a Changing Bargaining Scenario
13 India at the Crossroads? Economic Restructuring, Deregulation and the Instability of Labour Relations
Emerging Issues
14 Gestational Surrogacy in India: New Dynamics of Reproductive Labour
15 Going Dutch, Remaining Indian: The Work Experiences of IT Expatriates


This book showcases issues of work and employment in contemporary India through a critical lens, serving as a systematic, scholarly and rigorous resource which provides an alternate view to the glowing metanarrative of the subcontinent’s ongoing economic growth in today’s globalized world. Critical approaches ensure that divergent and marginalized voices are highlighted, promoting a more measured perspective of entrenched standpoints. In casting social reality differently, a quest for solutions that reshape current dynamics is triggered. The volume spans five thematic areas, subsuming a range of economic sectors. India is a pre-eminent destination for offshoring, underscoring the relevance of global production networks (Theme 1). Yet, the creation of jobs has not transformed employment patterns in the country but rather accentuated informalization and casualization (Theme 2). Indeed, even India’s ICT-related sectors, perceived as mascots of modernity and vehicles for upward mobility, raise questions about the extent of social upgrading (Theme 3). Nonetheless, these various developments have not been accompanied by collective action – instead, there is growing evidence of diminished pluralistic employment relations strategies (Theme 4). Emergent concerns about work and employment such as gestational surrogacy and expatriate experiences attest to the evolving complexities associated with offshoring (Theme 5).


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