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Covid-19 and Precarity of Low-income Migrant Workers in Indian Cities

Sharma, Jeevan and Sharma, Anurag and Kapilashrami, Anuj (2020) 'Covid-19 and Precarity of Low-income Migrant Workers in Indian Cities.' Society and Culture in South Asia. ISSN 2393-8617 (In Press)

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Abstract

Indian cities attract a considerable number of low-income migrants from marginal rural households experiencing difficult economic, political, and social conditions at home. Based on fieldwork in Jalandhar and Guwahati, this paper focuses on the precarity of low-income migrants in Indian cities. It argues that the concept of precarity, used in the context of migrant labour, should be extended to capture multiple and reinforcing forms of vulnerability examining the relationship between structural inequalities including difficult conditions at home, exclusion from public services, and poor access to justice. It puts forward a proposition that the widespread media representations of migrant workers returning home in the context of Covid-19 are not simply a result of the sudden outbreak of coronavirus but these journeys must be seen as a part of the history of the circulatory system of labour.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2020 13:52
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2020 13:52
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29219

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