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Work and Social Reproduction in Rural India: Lessons from Time-Use Data

Working Paper, January 2021 | Smriti Rao, Smita Ramnarain, Sirisha C. Naidu, Anupama Uppal, Avanti Mukherjee

Commentary

Letter to Repeal Farm Acts in India

Commentary, December 2020 | Sripad Motiram, Sirisha C. Naidu, Smita Ramnarain, Smriti Rao, Vamsi Vakulabharanam

Research

Migration, Crises, and Social Transformation in India Since the 1990s

Working Paper, January 2018 | Smriti Rao, Vamsi Vakulabharanam

Since liberalization, urban migration in India has increased in quantity, but also changed in quality, with permanent marriage migration and temporary, circular employment migration rising, even as permanent economic migration remains stagnant. In this new paper, Smriti  Rao and Vamsi Vakulabharanam understand internal migration in India to be a re-ordering of productive and reproductive labor that signifies a deep transformation of society. This transformation is a response to the combination of agrarian, employment, and social reproduction crises.  The migration patterns support capital accumulation, but create major burdens for a majority of Indians, who are seeking stable, rooted livelihoods.

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