Workers and Margins

Grasping Erasures and Opportunities

  • Nimruji Jammulamadaka

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Conceptual Aspects on Workers and Margins

  3. Being Marginal

  4. Surviving Marginalisation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Bharat Patel
      Pages 245-257
    3. Ashis Kumar Sahu
      Pages 285-299
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 301-308

About this book


This book focuses on informal workers and margins and seeks to advance the discourse on the concepts of ‘work’, ‘workers’ and ‘margins’. By largely focusing on informal, non-formal and non-industrial sector workers where unionism, collective bargaining, and labour laws have little influence, the book promotes approaches to understanding alternate worker politics and organising practices. As such, it presents an alternative to conventional approaches to understanding workers in management and organisation studies. 

The book draws attention to the mechanisms of erasure implicit in disciplinary and governmental practices that allow the worker to remain invisible. By making the worker visible, it seeks to go beyond economistic and psychological approaches to work(ing) to understand the worker as a human being, with all the complexity, vulnerability and agency that status implies. Further, it seeks to go beyond worker victimhood to gather narratives of workers’ worlds and the possibility of alternate worlds.

The contributing authors bring together diverse perspectives from fields including industrial relations, environment, displacement, collective action, livelihoods, rural development, MSMEs, organisational behaviour and entrepreneurship to present a textured and multidimensional view of workers and their worlds.


Informal Sector Labour Worlds Marginalised Labour Economics Unorganised Work Force Surviving Marginalisation Livelihoods

Editors and affiliations

  • Nimruji Jammulamadaka
    • 1
  1. 1.Organisational BehaviourIndian Institute of Management CalcuttaKolkataIndia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-7875-1
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-7876-8
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