Rural Labour Mobility in Times of Structural Transformation

Dynamics and Perspectives from Asian Economies

  • D. Narasimha Reddy
  • Kailash Sarap

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Structural Transformation and Labour Dynamics

  3. Rural: Urban Labour Mobility

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 347-356

About this book


This book examines essential issues and perspectives on rural labour, helping readers understand the changes that are currently taking place in the labour markets, especially with regard to migrants from rural to urban areas, their socio-economic conditions, factors contributing to such mobility and associated problems.  Further, it addresses the question of why the socio-economic conditions of rural labour have not experienced measurable improvements. 

Presenting a collection of painstakingly researched essays that focus on both India and China, the book addresses these challenges with an explicit focus on safeguarding the interests of rural labour under the neoliberal dispensation. The research is based on primary survey data and analytical issues from selected Asian economies, especially from India. On the basis of the findings discussed, it subsequently suggests ways forward so as to improve the wellbeing of migrant households and put an end to distress migration. Lastly, the book convincingly argues that improving labour market outcomes, and more specifically, generating employment and providing alternative livelihood avenues, represents the most pressing challenge in rural areas.


Structural Transformation Employment Urban Migration Female Work Rural Transformation Rural Labour Agrarian Policy

Editors and affiliations

  • D. Narasimha Reddy
    • 1
  • Kailash Sarap
    • 2
  1. 1.Former S.R. Sankaran Chair (Rural Labour)National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati RajHyderabadIndia
  2. 2.S.R. Sankaran Chair (Rural Labour)National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati RajHyderabadIndia

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