Health, Safety and Well-Being of Workers in the Informal Sector in India

Lessons for Emerging Economies

  • Sigamani Panneer
  • Sanghmitra S. Acharya
  • Nagarajan Sivakami

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvii
  2. Inequalities and Informal Sector

  3. Gender in Health: Issues, Safety and Well-Being

  4. Constitutional and Legal Safeguards for Informal Sector

  5. Socio-Structural Determinants and Occupational Health

  6. Sigamani Panneer, Sanghmitra S. Acharya, Nagarajan Sivakami
    Pages C1-C1

About this book


This book focuses on the core problems of occupational health, safety and well-being of workers in the informal sector in developing countries, where it accounts for most of the rural labour force and a substantial percentage of the urban labour force. The sector is characterised by low incomes, unstable employment and lack of protection in the form of legislation/policies or trade unions. Though some health and problem-solving measures have been introduced, a focused academic effort to address the problems confronting workers in the unorganised sector, or informal economy, is lacking.

The book evaluates workers’ physical and mental health in the context of labour migration, social inclusion of minorities and the differently abled, provisions for women workers, demonetisation, occupational safety for hazardous work, and in connection with various areas of informal work, e.g. agriculture, construction, transportation, sanitation, tanning, the tobacco industry, powerloom industry, surrogacy, and self-employment. It provides a well-rounded description of and analytical reflection on the challenges these workers face, and focuses on social policy changes to help alleviate them. Accordingly, it offers a valuable asset for researchers and students interested in development studies, the sociology of work, health and labour economics, public health, and social work.


vulnerability to occupational diseases in informal sector women and children in informal work sanitation work and social exclusion migrant labour and hidden umemployment women in construction work health hazards in tobacco industry social security and insurance in unorganized sector wage protection in seasonal work street vendors and police harassment demonetization and small-scale work pensions in informal sector gender bias in wage transgenders in informal work age and social security

Editors and affiliations

  • Sigamani Panneer
    • 1
  • Sanghmitra S. Acharya
    • 2
  • Nagarajan Sivakami
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Social Work, School of Social Sciences and HumanitiesCentral University of Tamil NaduThiruvarurIndia
  2. 2.School of Social Sciences, Centre of Social Medicine and Community HealthJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia
  3. 3.Department of Social Work, School of Social Sciences and HumanitiesCentral University of Tamil NaduThiruvarurIndia

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