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Valuing women’s work: Towards a convergence of own-account, waged, and unpaid care and domestic work?

Abstract  The work performed by women is varied. Most women work on own-account in unincorporated household/family enterprises in India, while those engaged in paid, waged work are fewer. In addition, women also perform long hours of unpaid work in care and domestic work within… Continue Reading “Valuing women’s work: Towards a convergence of own-account, waged, and unpaid care and domestic work?”

Reframing the contemporary child marriage debate – Lessons from India

Recent legislative developments on child marriage in India come at a time when the national data shows declining prevalence and a shift from child to early marriage. Evidence indicates that poverty and insecurity within patriarchal contexts are the main drivers of early marriage, a… Continue Reading “Reframing the contemporary child marriage debate – Lessons from India”

Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice

Abstract: Skimmed tells the story of the first recorded identical Black quadruplets, born in 1946 to Annie Mae Fultz, a Black-Cherokee woman who lost her ability to hear and speak in childhood and Pete Fultz, a tenant farmer in North Carolina. Annie Mae’s white… Continue Reading “Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice”

Unfair and Unjust-The Economic Rights and Entitlements of Separated/ Divorced Women in India

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ABSTRACT: The patriarchal Indian state has ensured that the economic rights and entitlements of separated women remain at a minimum. My study of these women surveys the conditions under which they live and to what extent they are able to access and benefit from… Continue Reading “Unfair and Unjust-The Economic Rights and Entitlements of Separated/ Divorced Women in India”

Sex work & Feminism in India -The vexed relationships

Feminist understandings and standpoints about ‘agency’ ‘consent’ and ‘voluntary entry into sex work’ remain fertile ground for discussions and debates but also possible disconnections among the two movements, which lead them to work on parallel lines that are difficult to connect. In India a… Continue Reading “Sex work & Feminism in India -The vexed relationships”

Gender Identity, Sex Work and the Dissonance of Government in Pandemic Times

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In thinking with the problematics of sex work, this paper reconsiders commensuration as the structuring relation between the rhetoric of liberal governance and the exercise of state-sanctioned power in everyday life. Within debates on sex work, understanding the dissonance between the law’s rhetoric and… Continue Reading “Gender Identity, Sex Work and the Dissonance of Government in Pandemic Times”

Book Launch: Rhacel Salazar Parreñas – Unfree: Migrant Domestic Work in Arab States

A stirring account of the experiences of migrant domestic workers, and what freedom, abuse, and power mean within a vast contract labor system. In the United Arab Emirates, there is an employment sponsorship system known as the kafala. Migrant domestic workers within it must… Continue Reading “Book Launch: Rhacel Salazar Parreñas – Unfree: Migrant Domestic Work in Arab States”

Book Launch: Gowri Vijayakumar – At risk: Indian sexual politics and the global AIDS crisis

Gowri Vijayakumar is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research and teaching use feminist and transnational perspectives to illuminate the trajectories of social movements, the everyday life of the state, and the political economy of globalization. Her new… Continue Reading “Book Launch: Gowri Vijayakumar – At risk: Indian sexual politics and the global AIDS crisis”

Book Launch: Selma James Our Time is Now: Sex, Race, Class and Caring for People and Planet

For over sixty years, Selma James has been organizing from the perspective of unwaged women who, with their biological and caring work, reproduce the whole human race—whatever else they do. This work goes on almost unnoticed everywhere, in every culture. It is not prioritized… Continue Reading “Book Launch: Selma James Our Time is Now: Sex, Race, Class and Caring for People and Planet”

Class and Social Reproduction: Interrogating Time Use Data for Clues

The literature on agrarian change in India has largely employed class categories based upon data on land, assets and occupational status. Land and asset data tend to exist at the level of households. Indicators of occupation have neither fully counted unpaid reproductive labor nor… Continue Reading “Class and Social Reproduction: Interrogating Time Use Data for Clues”