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Vivek Bald, Miabi Chatterji, Sujani Reddy, and Manu Vimalassery

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814786437

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814786437.001.0001

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India’s Global and Internal Labor Migration and Resistance

India’s Global and Internal Labor Migration and Resistance

A Case Study of Hyderabad

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(p.176) 7 India’s Global and Internal Labor Migration and Resistance
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The Sun Never Sets
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Immanuel Ness

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814786437.003.0007

This chapter examines the effects of global capitalism on India's class divide and economic development. Focusing on the case of Hyderabad, it considers the fate of skilled migrant workers in the information technology industry who stay in India and compares their situation with that of Indian guest workers who travel to the United States to find jobs in the low-wage industrial labor market sectors. It first provides a background on neoliberal reform in India and the country's relationship with the United States in the neoliberal global system. It then considers complicating depictions of the emergence of a globally connected Indian middle class tied to the proliferation of outsourcing. The chapter's analysis of shifting labor markets shows that neoliberal globalization has benefited India's capitalist classes more than the poor and working classes. It also illustrates how dislocation and poverty have forced many South Asian migrants to risk moving to other regions of the world.

Keywords:   capitalism, India, class divide, Hyderabad, migrant workers, information technology industry, guest workers, neoliberal reform, middle class, South Asian migrants

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