Advertisement

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

  • Tathagata Sengupta
  • G. Vijay
Chapter

Abstract

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.

Notes

Acknowledgment

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).

References

  1. Arrow, K. J. (1998). What Has Economics to Say About Racial Discrimination? Journal of Economic Perspectives, 12(2), 91–100.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Census of India. (2011). Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs. New Delhi: Government of India.Google Scholar
  3. Jackson, M. O. (2010). An Overview of Social Networks and Economic Applications. In J. Benhabib, A. Bisin, & M. O. Jackson (Eds.), Handbook of Social Economics. Amsterdam: Elsevier.Google Scholar
  4. Meher, A. (2015). The Structural Interconnections Between Labor, Product and Credit Markets; A Case Study of Brick Kiln Labor of Odisha (M.Phil Dissertation). School of Economics, University of Hyderabad.Google Scholar
  5. Odisha Annual Health Survey. (2011–12). Vital Statistics Division, Registrar General and Census Commissioner. Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.Google Scholar
  6. Naveen, S. (2015). The Changing Dynamics of Brick Kiln Product Markets; A Case Study of Telangana. M.Phil Dissertation, School of Economics, University of Hyderabad.Google Scholar
  7. Stiglitz, J., Sen, A., & Fituossi, J. P. (2011). Mis-measuring Our Lives; Why GDP Does Not Add Up. New Press: New Delhi.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2017

Authors and Affiliations

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

Personalised recommendations