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The Well-Being of the Labor Force in Colonial Bombay

Discourses and Practices

Authors: Srivastava, Priyanka

  • First full-length analysis of the social history of urbanized labor through the lens of well-being/ill-being
  • Brings together scattered threads of labor, urban, gender, nationalist, medical, and social reform histories
  • Examines the gendered nature of well-being practices and complicates the prevalent image of industrial workers as a gender-neutral mass
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About this book

This study draws on extensive archival research to explore the social history of industrial labor in colonial India through the lens of well-being. Focusing on the cotton millworkers in Bombay in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the book moves beyond trade union politics and examines the complex ways in which the broader colonial society considered the subject of worker well-being. As the author shows, worker well-being projects unfolded in the contexts of British Empire, Indian nationalism, extraordinary infant mortality, epidemic diseases, and uneven urban development. Srivastava emphasizes that worker well-being discourses and practices strove to reallocate resources and enhance the productive and reproductive capacities of the nation’s labor power. She demonstrates how the built urban environment, colonial local governance, public health policies, and deeply gendered local and transnational voluntary reform programs affected worker wellbeing practices and shaped working class lives.

About the authors

Priyanka Srivastava is Assistant Professor of History and Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Srivastava, Priyanka

    Pages 1-27

  • The Political Economy of the Textile Industry and Its Labor

    Srivastava, Priyanka

    Pages 29-67

  • Industrial Housing and Sanitation Policies, 1896–1940

    Srivastava, Priyanka

    Pages 69-107

  • Social Service, the Civic Ethic, and Worker Well-Being, 1900–1945

    Srivastava, Priyanka

    Pages 109-152

  • Welfare Rhetoric and Maternal Bodies: Protective Legislation Debates in Colonial Bombay

    Srivastava, Priyanka

    Pages 153-195

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-66164-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-66163-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Well-Being of the Labor Force in Colonial Bombay
Book Subtitle
Discourses and Practices
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-66164-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-66164-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-66163-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 283
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations
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