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Oxford – Politics of Precarity : Gendered Subjects and the Health Care Industry in Contemporary Kolkata by Panchali Ray (9780199489763)

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Author : Panchali Ray
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Binding : Paperback
No. Of Pages : 280
ISBN : 9780199489763
Language : English
SKU: G-19-OUP-46 Categories: ,

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Oxford – Politics of Precarity : Gendered Subjects and the Health Care Industry in Contemporary Kolkata by Panchali Ray (9780199489763)

Drawing on three years of fieldwork in hospitals and nursing homes in the city of Kolkata,?Politics of Precarityis an ethnographic study that analyses how hierarchies at workplace intersect with social identities to produce a differentiated workforce.

Politics of Precarity presents an analysis of contemporary labour politics that emerges with informalization and privatization of crucial social sectors, and in this case one of the few feminized occupations?the nursing sector. Contrary to common understanding, nursing service is not a homogenous sector, but a deeply splintered one based on historically and socially produced structural inequalities and is rigidly cleaved along the lines of ?prestigious? and ?dirty? work. The levels of classification in this sector are reflected in and constituted by material realities, such as wages, terms of employment, extent of skills, and possession of qualifications. Drawing on three years of fieldwork in hospitals and nursing homes in the city of Kolkata, the book is an ethnographic study that analyses how hierarchies at workplace intersect with social identities to produce a differentiated workforce. The book interrogates the politics of distinction and distancing that produces a feminine workforce divided by class, caste, and sexualities to examine the various contestations among ranks of workers who deploy modernity, morality, and gendered norms as strategies to secure marginal gains at the expense of others. About the Author Panchali Ray is an independent researcher based in New Delhi, India.

Features

  • One of the first studies on nursing labour in India with specific focus on labour politics
  • Monograph based on rich ethnographic research
  • Adds to research on gender and labour

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