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Introduction

Mohammad Talib

in Writing Labour

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780198067719
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080083 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198067719.003.0001
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This book is an ethnography of stone quarry workers located beyond the urban fringe of south Delhi. Based on fieldwork conducted during the mid-1980s and following on trends continuing into the present, this account of the stone quarry workers' lives and conditions is based on stories about them and the stories they tell. This book hopes to describe the experience of survival of a part of India's working class. In the present narrative, the workers have ordinary points to lose and win everyday, including wages earned and rights violated. This book looks at three facets of the workers' collective existence: stones, symbols, and sociation. The analysis focuses on migrant workers belonging to the three scheduled castes — the Ballais, the Khatiks, and the Jatavs.

Keywords: India; south Delhi; stone quarry workers; ethnography; migrant workers; wages; working class; sociation; symbols; scheduled castes

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Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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