Never Done and Poorly Paid


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This book investigates the complex interaction of the forces of globalisation with shifts in the nature of women’s work in the Indian context. It shows how rapid economic growth in India since the early 1990s has not been accompanied with the required expansion of productive employment opportunities. This has generated unexpected outcomes for patterns of women’s employment in India, which has shown quite paradoxical trends: simultaneous increases in work participation rates, unpaid labour, migration for work and open unemployment of women. The author attempts to unravel this complicated set of outcomes for women workers, by situating them in wider economic processes and relating them to economic policies and labour market developments. She argues that while the Indian economy’s recent boom has excluded the bulk of women in the country from its benefits, such tendencies are no longer unnoticed or uncontested.

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Jayati Ghosh

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