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EconomicsVolume 2: India and the International Economy$
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Jayati Ghosh

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199458943

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199458943.001.0001

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Labour Movement in Globalizing India

Labour Movement in Globalizing India

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(p.381) 10 Labour Movement in Globalizing India*
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Economics
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G. Vijay

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199458943.003.0010

The contentious debate labour movement and its role in development has had various dimensions. There have been controversies pertaining to a variety of theoretical approaches to the analysis of labour mobility in the context of economies such as India. Criticism of the definitions and concepts employed by the official macro-statistics to measure migration, which underestimate and misrepresent the phenomena in India, has generated alternatively a plethora of micro-level case studies. These studies added great richness to the existing literature, presenting various patterns of mobility across different sectors and regions of India. However, what are the appropriate indicators and what is the appropriate analytical framework to understand migration remains unresolved. This chapter presents a review of the research dwelling on such questions and controversies with reference to both internal as well as international movements of labour with a specific focus on India in the context of globalization.

Keywords:   migration theories, internal migration, international migration, circulation, informal economy, rural distress, Indian officials statistics on migration, migration case studies

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