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Of Poverty and Plastic: Scavenging and Scrap Trading Entrepreneurs in India's Urban Informal Economy

Kaveri Gill


This book uses eclectic, triangulated methods to explore the socio-economics of waste and of the commodity chains involved in recycling. Known as ‘unorganised’ in India, this part of the informal economy is anything but that. In developing theoretical ideas about poverty, agency and choice, the politics of caste and patronage, the institutions and regulation of markets and judicial activism, this book illustrates how grounded field research contributes to practical policies of urban land-use, pollution, and livelihoods. Its study of garbage collectors, scavengers, and the plastic recycling or ... More

Keywords: India, informal economy, socio-economics, waste, plastic recycling, poverty, patronage, scrap trading, pollution, livelihoods

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780198060864
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198060864.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kaveri Gill, author
Programme Evaluation Organisation, Planning Commission