The Making and Unmaking of an Industrial Working Class

Sliding Down to the Bottom of the Labour Hierarchy in Ahmedabad, India

Jan Breman

The Making and Unmaking of an Industrial Working Class
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Jan Breman

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

320 pages | 6-1/4 x 9-1/2 | © 2003
Cloth $44.75 ISBN: 9789053566466 Published January 2005 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
This book, based in part on a continuing survey of hundreds of households, charts the progressive disenfranchisement of textile workers in the Indian city of Ahmedabad through the 1980s and 1990s elaborating dimensions of poverty often neglected by statistics alone. It also examines the religious fault lines of the community, which exploded into riots in spring 2002. The crises of Ahmedabad can also be found in Asia at large, where a lack of social provisions can allow entire communities to sink below the poverty line. Breman's book—along with its companion volume, Working in the Mill No More—give us as accurate and penetrating a portrait of this process as we could wish for.
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