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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

About the editors

Nimruji Prasad Jammulamadaka is an Associate Professor at the IIM Calcutta, India. Her previous books include Indian Business: Notions and Practices of Responsibility (2017) and Governance, Resistance and the Post-colonial State: Management and State Building (2017). A co-editor of the Springer Nature book series Managing the Post-colony, she has also served as Chair of the Critical Management Studies Division at the Academy of Management, USA.


Anjula Gurtoo is Professor at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.

Arpita Mathur is Research Assistant Professor in School of Management, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, India

Ashis Kumar Sahu has strategic and grassroots experience in sustainable energy, microfinance, and livelihoods and has led social enterprises balancing social mission with financial viability and now works as mentor, advisor, board member.

Bharat Patel has been working for the protection of livelihoods of the fisherfolk and the environment along Gujarat’s coast for the last two decades. He currently works with CPR-NAMATI as senior Program Manager.

G. Krishnamurthi has served in the academic, business and government sectors for over 47 years. He specialises in the areas of strategy, development and project management.

Himanshi Rajora is currently a fourth year PhD student at Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Kolkata, India.

Jaya Kritika Ojha is a development academic and researcher. Jaya facilitates courses like Sustainable Livelihood Systems, Development Theories and Practices, Social Mobilisation, Collective Action and Commons at various universities.

Jerome Joseph is currently Chair Professor, XLRI, Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur, India.

Masoom Suchdeo is a student of the Integrated Programme in Management at Indian Institute of Management Indore, India.

Patturaja Selvaraj works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management at Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania.

Rahul Tripathi is Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, Goa University, India.

Rajesh Bhattacharya is Associate Professor in the Public Policy and Management Group, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India.

Ravindra Sharma, the founder of Kala Ashram, in Adilabad, Telangana was a Gandhian artisanal thinker. A believer of traditional wisdom, he had spent his lifetime in the cause of art and artisans of his region. He had uniquely distilled the socio-economic-political-spiritual essence of traditional Indian society. He passed away in April 2018.

Saikat Maitra is an Assistant Professor in the Public Policy and Management Group at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Kolkata, India.

Srabani Maitra is a Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow, UK.

Srinath Jagannathan teaches in Indian Institute of Management Indore, India.

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