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Domestic DaysWomen, Work, and Politics in Contemporary Kolkata$
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Samita Sen and Nilanjana Sengupta

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199461165

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199461165.001.0001

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Migration, Settlement, and Work

Migration, Settlement, and Work

(p.72) 2 Migration, Settlement, and Work
Domestic Days

Samita Sen

Nilanjana Sengupta

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on questions of migration. A good proportion of the women in the two settlements under study are migrants from the countryside, the majority having come from areas south of the city, namely South 24 Parganas. There are numerous patterns to be found—marriage migration, family migration, and single women’s migration. There are also a variety of causes. In family migration, poverty appears to be the most important while in the case of single women’s migration, there are at least two discernible sub-sets. One group of women came to the city at a very young age to work as live-in full-time domestic workers; while another group came at an older age, some after marriage and childbirth, by reason of widowhood, desertion, or poverty.

Keywords:   migration, settlement, juvenile workers, marriage migration, single women’s migration, clustering, domestic workers

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