Kaveri Gill

in Of Poverty and Plastic

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780198060864
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080175 | DOI:

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If poverty, human development, and the functioning of markets are increasingly intertwined concerns for development economists and specialists seeking to come to pragmatic grips with a hegemonic capitalist reality, then this book began with an ambitious aim, but with a narrow empirical remit: to try to assess the income poverty and the multidimensional deprivation of disparate groups engaged in the informal waste recovery and plastic recycling market of India. This chapter summarises the salient findings of each chapter, and draws wider conclusions about scavengers, other waste workers, and measurable ‘poverty’ and ‘deprivation’; interlinked contracts and social exploitation; scrap trading entrepreneurs and the brutal economics of the informal economy; reconstitution and upgrading of low caste status through an urban informal market; and privileged environmentalism, the state, and judiciary as they relate to the politics of the ‘urban poor’.

Keywords: India; poverty; human development; deprivation; plastic recycling; waste recovery; informal economy; interlinked contracts; urban poor; environmentalism

Chapter.  6686 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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