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- DescriptionMore than nine out of every ten working women in India are employed in the informal ecomy, unprotected by labour laws and excluded from basic forms of social security. They work as daily labourers in the fields, small producers and industrial outworkers in their own homes and as vendors on the streets. These workers typically receive very low wages and experience extreme forms of social, ecomic and political marginalisation. This book examines what types of interventions can improve the well-being of women working in the Indian informal ecomy. Using the case study of the Self Employed Women's Association, Worker Identity, Agency and Ecomic Development argues that work-life reform for informal women workers has moral and social dimensions, as well as ecomic. Drawing on the work of social philosopher Axel Honneth, the book argues that worker agency is critical to the process of work-life reform in the informal ecomy. Using empirical data collected amongst SEWA members the study shows that there is a positive and developmental relationship between a worker's identity, or psychological integrity, and her actual capacity to engage in the political ecomy for constructive change. The study shows that membership based organisations can promote the social foundations of recognition and respect that are critical to identity and agency, as well as provide worker's with real opportunities to develop alternative n-exploitative ecomic institutions that deliver improved wages and social security. But in organizing informal workers for collective action the existing distribution of power and wealth, as well as gender privilege are challenged. The result is social conflict and sometimes violence. Conflict of this nature is endemic to the development process, but is often overlooked in development literature and policy design. The book will be of interest to development scholars and practitioners, as well as those interested in the dynamics of women's empowerment and socio-ecomic change for informal ecomy workers.
- Author BiographyDr. Elizabeth Hill is a lecturer in Political Economy at The University of Sydney, Australia.
- Author(s)Elizabeth Hill
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication23/06/2014
- SubjectEconomics: Professional & General
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note4 black & white illustrations, 11 black & white tables, 4 black & white line drawings
- Weight317 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
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