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Course Coordinator and Team: Sumangala Damodaran, Babu P Remesh
Email of course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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)
Tentative Assessment schedule with details of weightage:
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.
Bhowmik, Sharit (2012): Industry, Labour and Society Paperback, Orient Blackswan, Hyderabad.
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.