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New cultures of work in contemporary India
Based on case studies of various forms of work and workplaces in the city of Calcutta, this research explores changing attitudes and approaches to work and labour, and the transformation of the experience of work and employment, in the context of economic liberalisation and globalisation in India. The project examines the impact of these on political ideas and practice, and on social relations, norms and identities.
A monograph is in preparation on this project, while some journal articles have been published on subjects ranging from declining manufacturing industries to the burgeoning service sector, covering new format organised retail and private security services.