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Domestic Days: Women, Work, and Politics in Contemporary Kolkata

Samita Sen and Nilanjana Sengupta


‘Maids’ have become an inseparable part of the daily lives of ‘middle-class’ urban households in India. Despite the fact that increasing numbers of poor women are joining this profession, very little has been written about them, especially the part-time domestic workers, each of whom services a number of households at a time. They are not accorded their rightful status as workers either by the employers, their own families, the government or the traditional trade unions. Isolated in the privacy of employers’ homes, the problem of recognizing their work or organizing them is the same one as for ... More

Keywords: maids, middle class, domestic work, part-time workers, feminine work, labour, politics, informal sector, social security, paid domestic work, Kolkata

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199461165
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199461165.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samita Sen, author
Professor of Women's Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

Nilanjana Sengupta, author
Assistant Professor, School of Women's Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata