Current Institutional Affiliation
Associate Professor & Associate Dean, Research and Executive Director - Centre for Justice Studies, JGLS and Director, Office of Undergraduate Studies, Anthropology, O.P. Jindal Global University

Award Information

International Dissertation Research Fellowship 1999
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Anthropology, University of Chicago
Respect in a Decivilizing Epoch: An Ethnography of Migrant Workers’ Lives and Aspirations in Delhi

How are industrial workers in the contemporary world confronting new adverse transformations in work processes and working conditions associated with globalization? I intend to address this question by studying the life-worlds of industrial labor in Faridabad, a satellite town of Delhi, India. Specifically, I will investigate the hypothesis that industrial workers in Faridabad have developed new forms of subversive action, identity, and aspiration which resist new adverse transformations in the nature and terms of work associated with industrial globalization. The particular sites of resistance I will explore include: modes of everyday shopfloor subversion (e.g. noncompliance, evasion, work slowing, sabotage, theft, graffiti); social networks of association and solidarity (e.g. through kinship, caste, gender, religion, friendship, neighborhoods); and workers' world-views, through which workers express and articulate normative conceptions and aspirational ideals of justice, dignity, and emancipation This project aspires to make a significant contribution to the anthropology of industrial work in India, specifically, and to the multidisciplinary and multiregional study of globalization, labor, and resistance, more generally.