Agency and Satisficing in Kolkata’s IT Sector

  • Zakir HusainEmail author
  • Mousumi Dutta
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Sociology book series (BRIEFSSOCY)


This chapter applies the ‘satisficing’ framework (described in  Chap. 3) to women workers in Kolkata’s IT sector. It examines the economic and sociocultural changes shaping the constraints that define which outcomes are satisfactory, and analyses the behavioural patterns of respondents to show—by analysing responses to questionnaire-based interviews and case studies—how women workers successfully balance multiple, conflicting activities and objectives. Their testimony reveals their agency on different fronts; we argue that this agency indicates progress in gender relations.


Agency Behavioural patterns Balancing work Household 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Humanities and Social SciencesIndian Institute of Technology KharagpurKharagpurIndia
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsPresidency UniversityKolkataIndia

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