Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment in Globalizing India

  • Ernesto Noronha
  • Premilla D'Cruz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Theme 1: India’s Place in Global Production Networks

  3. Theme 2: Rising Informalization and Casualization of Employment

  4. Theme 3: ICT-Related Offshoring—Rewriting the Trajectory of Indian Society?

  5. Theme 4: Challenges Facing Industrial Relations and Collective Action

  6. Theme 5: Emerging Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265
    2. Ernesto Noronha, Slawek Magala
      Pages 283-303

About this book


This book showcases issues of work and employment in contemporary India through a critical lens, serving as a systematic, scholarly and rigorous resource which provides an alternate view to the glowing metanarrative of the subcontinent’s ongoing economic growth in today’s globalized world. Critical approaches ensure that divergent and marginalized voices are highlighted, promoting a more measured perspective of entrenched standpoints. In casting social reality differently, a quest for solutions that reshape current dynamics is triggered. The volume spans five thematic areas, subsuming a range of economic sectors. India is a pre-eminent destination for offshoring, underscoring the relevance of global production networks (Theme 1). Yet, the creation of jobs has not transformed employment patterns in the country but rather accentuated informalization and casualization (Theme 2). Indeed, even India’s ICT-related sectors, perceived as mascots of modernity and vehicles for upward mobility, raise questions about the extent of social upgrading (Theme 3). Nonetheless, these various developments have not been accompanied by collective action—instead; there is growing evidence of diminished pluralistic employment relations strategies (Theme 4). Emergent concerns about work and employment such as gestational surrogacy and expatriate experiences attest to the evolving complexities associated with offshoring (Theme 5).


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Editors and affiliations

  • Ernesto Noronha
    • 1
  • Premilla D'Cruz
    • 2
  1. 1.Organizational BehaviourIndian Institute of Management Ahmedabad Organizational BehaviourAhmedabadIndia
  2. 2.Organizational Behaviour (OB)Indian Institute of Management Organizational Behaviour (OB)AhmedabadIndia

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