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Labour imperialism in India: The case of SEWA
Kerswell, Timothy; Pratap, Surendra
2017-10
Source PublicationGEOFORUM
ISSN0016-7185
Volume85Pages:20-22
AbstractThe Self-Employed Women's Association is almost universally praised for its work in organizing women in India's informal sector but has never been examined from a critical perspective. In this study, we critically assess the SEWA movement both in terms of its big picture strategy and the grass roots of its movement. We find that the strategies and tactics employed by SEWA expose the Indian working class to significant imperialist intervention through donations by highly politicized groups, which have given these groups significant leverage over the organization. We will argue that SEWA as an organization is a product of hegemonic forms of imperialism, both in terms of the trade union and hegemonic imperialism. SEWA's rise to significance can be seen in the spread of SEWA to various parts of India, but also importantly, to different countries in the global South and on the international stage in the UN apparatus and in the international trade union movement. The case of SEWA as a model of trade unionism is therefore an extremely important one to consider in terms of its impact in India but also on global labour politics.
KeywordSEWA Imperialism Labour Union Informal
DOI10.1016/j.geoforum.2017.07.001
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Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaGeography
WOS SubjectGeography
WOS IDWOS:000413127400005
PublisherPERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
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Kerswell, Timothy,Pratap, Surendra. Labour imperialism in India: The case of SEWA[J]. GEOFORUM,2017,85:20-22.
APA Kerswell, Timothy,&Pratap, Surendra.(2017).Labour imperialism in India: The case of SEWA.GEOFORUM,85,20-22.
MLA Kerswell, Timothy,et al."Labour imperialism in India: The case of SEWA".GEOFORUM 85(2017):20-22.
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