Agrarian questions of labor in urban India: middle migrants, translocal householding and the intersectional politics of social reproduction

Vinay Gidwani, Priti Ramamurthy

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Abstract

Our paper re-considers the agrarian question in urban India by focusing on the social reproduction of labor in informal economy households. Based on life histories of working-class women of rural origin, we explore lived forms of differentiation within the informal economy, the social division of labor as mediated by intersecting lines of difference, and possibilities of disorienting normative hierarchies through acts of ‘cultural production’. Our term ‘middle migrants’ characterizes households that have managed to establish a foothold in cities, even as they remain enmeshed in their rural lives through translocal householding and cultural dispositions to difference.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)994-1017
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Peasant Studies
Volume45
Issue number5-6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 19 2018

Keywords

  • Agrarian question
  • capital
  • gender
  • informal economy
  • labor
  • middle migrants
  • social reproduction
  • urban

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