Land, Labour and Livelihoods

Indian Women's Perspectives

  • Bina Fernandez
  • Meena Gopal
  • Orlanda Ruthven

Part of the Gender, Development and Social Change book series (GDSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Owning Land, Disowning Women

  3. Marginalised and Stigmatised Labour

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Shubha Chacko, Subadra Panchanadeswaran, Gowri Vijayakumar
      Pages 133-153
  4. Education, Mobility and Skills

  5. Collective Strategies

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 331-352

About this book


This book brings together a unique collection of theoretical and empirical analyses of women’s access to land, labour and livelihoods in contemporary India. The authors recognize that gender relations must be viewed intersectionally, along with other social relationships such as caste, ethnicity, religion, sexuality and age, in order to inform an integrated analysis of women’s persistent disadvantage in India. The chapters examine a diverse range of rural and urban livelihoods within sectors such as tea plantations, nursing, hair salons, sex work and waste collection. Documenting the shifts in these sectors in the context of economic liberalization, the authors offer insights on the challenges of development interventions as women negotiate shifts in their livelihood options. Written to engage, the contributions to this book will be of interest both to the general reader and to academics and practitioners in development and gender/women’s studies.


Gender India Development Practice Gujarat Disposession Delhi Land Rights Inheritance Assam Urban Renewal Work Vulnerability Normativity Marginalization Stigmatization Education Mobility Bangalore Migration Neoliberalism Entrepreneurship

Authors and affiliations

  • Bina Fernandez
    • 1
  • Meena Gopal
    • 2
  • Orlanda Ruthven
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Social and Political SciencesUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Advanced Centre for Womenʼs StudiesTata Institute of Social SciencesMumbaiIndia
  3. 3.New DelhiIndia

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