Women and Labour Market Dynamics

New Insights and Evidences

  • Balwant Singh Mehta
  • Ishwar Chandra Awasthi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Balwant Singh Mehta, Ishwar Chandra Awasthi
    Pages 1-32
  3. Balwant Singh Mehta, Ishwar Chandra Awasthi
    Pages 33-54
  4. Balwant Singh Mehta, Ishwar Chandra Awasthi
    Pages 55-80
  5. Balwant Singh Mehta, Ishwar Chandra Awasthi
    Pages 81-111
  6. Balwant Singh Mehta, Ishwar Chandra Awasthi
    Pages 113-132
  7. Balwant Singh Mehta, Ishwar Chandra Awasthi
    Pages 133-152
  8. Balwant Singh Mehta, Ishwar Chandra Awasthi
    Pages 153-163
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 165-178

About this book


This book addresses women’s changing role in and contributions to the Indian labour market. It explores how feminist theories and frameworks have changed over time and gradually been supplanted by new ones. The book explores the structural shift in women’s employment from farm to non-farm jobs in services and industries, both theoretically and empirically. Further, it examines the steady rise of women in high skilled or ‘new economy’ sectors like information and communication technology, electronics and telecom; and in low skilled work such as domestic work, particularly in urban areas. It also scrutinizes how emerging sectors of the economy are experimenting with new forms of employment by changing the temporal (part-time work, flexible hours), spatial (location of work) and contractual (temporary contracts) dimensions. Beyond analysing the above-mentioned aspects, the book discusses perennial challenges such as patriarchy, socio-cultural norms and gender-based labour market inequalities across occupations as a ‘glass ceiling’ or ‘sticky floor’.

One of the book’s most important contributions is inclusion of detailed labour market statistics for women, with long-term trends and patterns, as well as comparisons with other countries and regions. In closing, the book highlights women’s participation in economic and non-economic activities and related quantification issues, i.e. the invisibility of women’s work, which remains a highly contentious aspect. Given its content, the book offers a valuable asset for a broad readership including academics, NGOs, and policymakers. 


Gender and Development Informalisation Labour Market Segmentation Gender Inequalities Invisible Women

Authors and affiliations

  • Balwant Singh Mehta
    • 1
  • Ishwar Chandra Awasthi
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Human DevelopmentNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Institute for Human DevelopmentNew DelhiIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-9056-2
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-9057-9
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