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Living Off the Stones

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/9780198067719.003.0002
Living Off the Stones

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‘Quarry worker’ is a blanket term used to describe different workers who were employed in various capacities in stone quarrying. This chapter investigates the field-independent context of mineral mining in India, along with census construction of the field setting and workers' background, social composition, patterns of migration, earnings, work operations, and indebtedness. The stone quarry workers belong to the other side of what is known as the organized sector of Indian society and economy. Whether it is the physical layout of an industrial unit or a residential building, or roads and bridges, all are ultimately made possible by the mining or quarrying of gravel, sand, silica stone, marble, etc. Most of the quarry workers who were interviewed for this book from 1984 to 1987 came from the neighbouring states of Delhi. These quarry workers primarily belonged to scheduled castes and scheduled tribes communities.

Keywords: stone quarrying; mining; migration; earnings; indebtedness and its consequences; organized sector; scheduled castes

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Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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