In May 2020, a controversial study entitled ‘Modelling the Effect of Continued Closure of Red-Light Areas on COVID-19 Transmission in India’ was released without being peer-reviewed, and quickly went viral on Indian media outlets. It recommends that shutting down red-light areas in Mumbai, New… Continue Reading “Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Yale School of Public Health: stop scapegoating sex workers for the spread of COVID-19 in India!”
In the effort to contain COVID-19, “red light areas” are in danger of becoming a fantasy backdrop for the state to perform grand, empty gestures of “pandemic control.” This distracts from the fact that persons doing sex work in India, whether in brothels, homes,… Continue Reading “Closing red-light areas to contain COVID-19: a misguided fantasy of containment”
(This piece was originally published on the Solidarity and Care platform, supported and produced by the Sociological Review, to document the various and diverse experiences and caring strategies of groups around the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic, and can be found here) At a time when… Continue Reading “Precarity and the Effect of Sudden Economic Shock on the Intimate Labour Force in India”
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”
By: Dr. Sutapa Majumdar, Post-Doctoral Associate Globalisation has created new spaces of employability for men and women and brought in a range of livelihood options for diverse groups and strata of Indian society: erotic dancing being one example. Several marginalised, excluded and artistically skillful young… Continue Reading “Caste that Governs: The Dancing Girls of Mumbai’s Dance Bars”
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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