The University of Newcastle, Australia

Domestic workers, social security and gender politics in India

Monday, 27 October 2014

Purai Global Indigenous History Centre in association with the University of Newcastle Politics Discipline hosted a seminar with Professor Rajeshwari Deshpande based on her case study of domestic workers in two Indian states.

Black and white image of Indian woman in glasses looking to right of frame
Professor Rajeshwari Deshpande

The study revealed two key and overlapping themes of contemporary Indian politics-policy interface; social security and women's empowerment.

Professor Deshpande's study highlights the sudden visibility assigned to the marginal sections of the urban informal sector workers in the policy discourse of the Indian state and the implications this might have on the collective political action of the poor in India.

Professor Deshpande is professor of politics at the University of Pune and currently is a visiting professor, Rajiv Gandhi chair in contemporary Indian studies at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Her research interests are in areas such as politics of the urban poor, urban caste-class realities, women's politics, comparative state politics and intellectual traditions of Maharashtra.

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