Care (Un)skilled: Fragmented Markets and Nursing Labour, Contemporary Kolkata

  • Panchali RayEmail author
Part of the Gender, Development and Social Change book series (GDSC)


Based on an ethnographic study conducted in medical institutions in Kolkata, India, this chapter explores the links between skill designation, labour market hierarchies, wage levels and recognition of certain types of knowledge over others among different grades of nursing personnel. In this chapter, I argue that both modernisation and professionalisation of nursing services have grafted newer hierarchies within the profession, which was already stratified based on inequalities of gender, caste and class. Additionally, global pressures of informalisation within the formal economy have ensured that the nursing profession in India remains a female-intensive but differentiated workforce, where difference are based on class, caste, skills and knowledge.


Labour Market Informal Sector Formal Sector Informal Economy Trained Nurse 
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  1. 1.School of Women’s StudiesJadavpur UniversityKolkataIndia

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