Migration, Representations and Social Relations: Experiences of Jharkhand Labour to Western Uttar Pradesh

Nitya Rao, Amit Mitra

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Abstract

Studying a stream of migration from Jharkhand to western Uttar Pradesh (UP), this article focuses
on the work and life experiences of migrant labour from tribal India. Based on an in-depth study of a Jharkhand
village, alongside a briefer stint at the destination village in UP, it examines the micro-level nuances and
complexity of migrant labour movements and their often unexpected and unrecognised social consequences,
particularly, the renegotiation of class and gender relations at home and the destination. Apart from pointing to
the deep interconnections between the relations of production and reproduction, it demonstrates how the use of
distinct representations of work and life due to spatial distanciation contribute to renegotiating both labour
relations and social identities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)846-860
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Volume49
Issue number6
Early online date23 Apr 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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