Industrialisation, Urbanisation and Development

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreNA4

Course Coordinator and Team: Sumangala Damodaran, Babu P Remesh

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Pre-requisites: None

Aim: This course will introduce students to debates around industrialization and urbanization in the developing country context. The discussion on industrialization will include debates on appropriate strategies and experiences of industrialization in a broad sense and also deal with forms of industrial organization and labour processes such as Fordism-Taylorism, Flexible Specialization, and Post-Fordist production and labour process organization. The discussions on industrialization will also bring in contemporary debates around urbanization processes, growth of informal settlements, and migration issues.

Course outcomes:

Equip students with an understanding of processes of industrialisation and urbanisation in the contemporary period from the Third World.

Equip students with methods for understanding actual processes as they occur in reality, through field visits to factory areas and worker settlements.

Brief description of modules with references:

Module 1: Industrial Development – Alternative Trajectories (Week 1 and 2)

Module 2: New International Division of Labour and New Industrial Paradigms - Industrial Clusters and the Developing World (Weeks 3 and 4)

Module 3: Industrialisation and Labour (Week 5-7)

Module 4: Field trip and analysis (Weeks 8-10)

Module 5: Perspectives on Third World Urbanisation and the Informal Sector (Weeks 10-12)


  • John Humphrey: Introduction, World Development, Vol. 23, No. 1, 1995
  • Gabriel Palma: Four sources of ‘de-industrialisation and a new concept of the ‘Dutch Disease’, presented at hSRC EGDI Roundtable The Changing Character of Industrial Development: What Implications for Growth, Employment and Income Distribution?
  • John Weiss: Industrialisation and Globalisation– Theory and Evidence from Developing Countries, Verso, 2002, Chs 1 and 5
  • Cadene,P. and M.Holmstrom (eds)(1998), Decentralised Production in India, Sage, New Delhi, California, London.
  • Cossentino, F, F.Pyke and W.Sengenberger (eds)(1996), Local and Regional Response to Global Pressure: The Case of Italy and its Industrial Districts, Geneva: International Institute for Labour Studies, Geneva.
  • Gereffi, G. (1994): "Capitalism, Development and Global Commodity Chains" in Leslie Sklair (ed): Capitalism and Development.
  • Gereffi, G. (1996), “Commodity Chains and Regional Divisions of Labour in East Asia”, Journal Of Asian Business, 12(1), 75-112.
  • Silver, B., 2003, ‘Labour Movements and World Politics’, in Forces of Labour. Workers’ Movements and Globalization since 1870. Cambridge: CUP, Chapter 4 pp 124-67
  • Braverman, H. 1974, Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century, London: Monthly Review Press. Introduction, Chapter 4 & 5.
  • National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector (NCEUS). 2007. Report on conditions of work and promotion of livelihoods in the unorganised sector.
  • Standing, G. 2009. Work after Globalization: Building Occupational Citizenship. Cheltenham: Edgar Elgar Publishing Limited.
  • Chen, M., 2008, ‘Informality and Social Protection: Theories and Realities’, IDS Bulletin 39(2): 18-27
  • Breman J., 1995, ‘Labour, Get Lost: A Late Capitalist Manifesto’, in Economic and Political Weekly, 30(37): 2294-2300.
  • Lerche, J., 2010, ‘From ‘rural labour’ to ‘classes of labour’, in Harriss-White, B. and Heyer, J., Comparative Political Economy, London: Routledge, pp 66-87.

Tentative Assessment schedule with details of weightage:

S.NoAssessmentDate/period in which Assessment will take placeWeightage
 Two memos/ 1 essay31 August30%
 Field trip report and presentation15 October (tentative)20% each
 Term paper30 November30%