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The Resource Informal labor, formal politics, and dignified discontent in India, Rina Agarwala

Informal labor, formal politics, and dignified discontent in India, Rina Agarwala

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Informal labor, formal politics, and dignified discontent in India
Title
Informal labor, formal politics, and dignified discontent in India
Statement of responsibility
Rina Agarwala
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Since the 1980s, the world's governments have decreased state welfare and thus increased the number of unprotected "informal" or "precarious" workers. As a result, more and more workers do not receive secure wages or benefits from either employers or the state. What are these workers doing to improve their livelihoods? Informal Labor, Formal Politics, and Dignified Discontent in India offers a fresh and provocative look into the alternative social movements informal workers in India are launching. It also offers a unique analysis of the conditions under which these movements succeed or fail. Drawing from 300 interviews with informal workers, government officials, and union leaders, Rina Agarwala argues that Indian informal workers are using their power as voters to demand welfare benefits (such as education, housing, and healthcare) from the state, rather than demanding traditional work benefits (such as minimum wages and job security) from employers. In addition, they are organizing at the neighborhood level, rather than the shop floor, and appealing to "citizenship," rather than labor rights. Agarwala concludes that movements are most successful when operating under parties that compete for mass votes and support economic liberalization (even populist parties), and are least successful when operating under non-competitive electoral contexts (even those tied to communist parties)." -- Publisher's description
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1973-
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Agarwala, Rina
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HD8686.5
LC item number
.A637 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge studies in contentious politics
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Labor movement
  • Unskilled labor
  • Informal sector (Economics)
Label
Informal labor, formal politics, and dignified discontent in India, Rina Agarwala
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-240) and index
Contents
Introduction : informal labor movements and the state -- Struggling with informality -- The success of competitive populism -- Communism's resistance to change -- The minimal gains of accommodation -- Conclusion : dignifying discontent
Control code
811778724
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xx, 250 p.
Isbn
9781107663084
Lccn
2012038077
Other control number
40022215435
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)811778724
Label
Informal labor, formal politics, and dignified discontent in India, Rina Agarwala
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-240) and index
Contents
Introduction : informal labor movements and the state -- Struggling with informality -- The success of competitive populism -- Communism's resistance to change -- The minimal gains of accommodation -- Conclusion : dignifying discontent
Control code
811778724
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xx, 250 p.
Isbn
9781107663084
Lccn
2012038077
Other control number
40022215435
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)811778724

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