The Uncivil and De-institutionalizing Labor Relations of Accumulation Through Disuse: The Case of the Brick Kiln Industry in Telangana

  • Tathagata Sengupta
  • G. Vijay


The study is based on a study of migrant workers in brick kilns of Hyderabad. Most of the migrants are from Odisha and almost 80 percent of them belong to SC and ST Communities. The migrants set out from the drought prone region of Odisha with advances taken from labor contractors. Once in kilns the entire families work in teams and the working day extends to 15 hours. In addition women have to attend to domestic work. The workers are housed in the shades within the kiln compound with poor sanitary facilities and their mobility restricted. At the end of six months work many of them fail to meet the amount needed to clear the advance taken with its high interest charges. Their return home after six months work ends with the unpaid part of the debt which would be adjusted through the advances to be taken at the beginning of next round of migration. The chapter details the privacies they suffer at work.



The authors wish to acknowledge the S.R. Sankaran Chair of the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR) for funding this research project. Special thanks to Prof. D. Narasimha Reddy, Prof. Kailash Sarap, Prof. Suman Chandra, Mr. Yugandhar, Prof. Jan Breman, Prof. Alpa Shah, and Prof. Keshab Das for their guidance and institutional facilitation for carrying out this study and for valuable academic inputs. Thanks are due to field-level supporters and research scholars Mr. A. Krishna from the Brick Kiln Workers’ Union and Mr. Golap Nial Ji, Mr. Miniketan, Mr. Thana and others from the Zindabad Sanghatan and Mr. Mohan Meher (Master ji), Arpita Kanjilal, Mr. Subhadeep Kumar, Ms. Rosalin, Mr. Chinmoy, Mr. Surya Kumar Paul, Mr. Madhusudhan Nag, Mr. P. Vinod Kumar, Mr. B. Prasad, Mr. Anand, and Mr. Sriman Naveen. This chapter was also presented at the international Conference on Labor and Employment Issues in the Context of Emerging Rural-Urban Continuum: Dimensions, Processes and Policies organized by the S. R. Sankaran Chair (Rural Labor) (NIRD&PR).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tathagata Sengupta
    • 1
  • G. Vijay
    • 2
  1. 1.School of MathematicsUniversity of HyderabadHyderabadIndia
  2. 2.School of EconomicsUniversity of HyderabadHyderabadIndia

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