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Writing Labour: Stone Quarry Workers in Delhi

Mohammad Talib


This book is the culmination of research over a period of 25 years. It highlights the relation between the rocks from which India's great capital city is constructed and the people who sacrifice to turn them into a useful form. The result is an interesting account of the lifeworld of some of the poorest and most forgotten people: the stone quarry workers. The book describes the material conditions of their poverty and exploitation as well as their aspirations and poetic expressions. It is a major contribution to the anthropology of labour in the informal sector of a globalized Indian economy a ... More

Keywords: India, stone quarry workers, south Delhi, poverty, exploitation, poetic expressions, labour, class, informal sector, protest

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780198067719
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198067719.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mohammad Talib, author
University of Oxford