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”
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”
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”
Critical engagement with contemporary discourses on extreme exploitation such as ‘modern slavery’, ‘trafficking’, ‘forced labour’, ‘indenture labour’ and ‘bonded labour’ throw open not only academic debate on forms of neo-servitude, but also outlines the failures of regulatory approaches on the ground which have for… Continue Reading “Trafficking of labour in Global Supply Chains: Understanding the central debates”
Dr. Sneha Banerjee is a research associate exploring commercial surrogacy in India On 5-6th December 2019, I participated in the International Conference on (Non)Reproductive Freedom: Theories, Experiences and Movements at the Ca’Foscari University of Venice organised by the feminist journal – DEP. Apart from… Continue Reading “Of Freedoms & Agency: Commercial Surrogacy and Reproductive Rights – by Sneha Banerjee”
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