ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Computers and Magical Thinking: Work and Belonging in Bangalore

Over the past 20 years as a result of international legislation and mobilisations by disability activists and concerned parents, the Indian State has invested some resources into disabilityrelated programming, institutions, and infrastructure. In addition, international non-governmental organisations have come to play a prominent role in the provision of disability services. This article examines the current terrain of disability advocacy, services, and politics in Bangalore as they converge in the realm of corporate social responsibility as manifested in the active recruitment of people with disabilities to work mostly in the business process outsourcing/ call centre sector. Are people with disabilities being turned into new corporate citizens, productive state citizens, or something else entirely?

On Flat and Round Worlds: Deaf Communities in Bangalore

Examination of the exchange between American Deaf young adults and deaf Indian students at an empowerment camp in Bangalore yielded significant insights. The Americans articulated a universal Deaf culture and community while the Indian "elite" students refused to mix with their compatriots.
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