Social Anthropology Seminar - Dr Smytta Yadav - In Person
|Dates:||18 October 2021|
|Times:||16:00 - 18:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Speaker:||Dr Smytta Yadav|
Please join Dr Smytta Yadav in person on Monday the 18th of October 2021, in the Arthur Lewis Boardroom, as well as being able to join via Zoom, please see details below :
Please see below the zoom - re-occurring meeting ID below, for today, where Dr Smytta Yadav will be presenting :
"Beyond the State": Work, Life and the Politics of Precarity in Central India.
The paper shows how Gonds, a group of indigenous people as wage workers in the informal economy, prefer flexible labouring arrangements to retain bargaining power and experience social mobility and economic freedom both from traditional forms of patronage and indebtedness. This study contributes to endogenous concept of labour, majoori, among low-income groups. By linking the widespread informality of work to poor people’s relation with the formal state in rural India, my paper elucidates the multi-sited agency of people from agrarian societies that are undergoing internal displacement due to autocratic forest regime in the region. This agency is not as strong in the face of economic uncertainty but nevertheless helps to create long-term and durable relations of social care, social protection, and welfare for families. A micro-level study of the impact of market driven rural economy, I show how formal state institutions are ineffective in the lives of the Gonds. The paper draws attention to scholars of informal work and precarity by focusing India how informality is embedded in the moral and ethical fabric of Gond lives and their engagement with the labour market. The paper contends that informal economy in India is prevalent more widely because it is strongly associated with a great misalignment with societal norms of agency and resistance to state. Instead of trying to find ways to demean the poor in India who have no access to formal jobs and formal education, we need to widen our analysis into how informality is sustained and entwined with the everyday lives.
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Dr Smytta Yadav
Organisation: University of Manchester
Travel and Contact Information
Arthur Lewis Boardroom 2.016/017
Arthur Lewis Building