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Producing Worker-Subjects for Global Capital

Producing Worker-Subjects for Global Capital M Vijayabaskar Changes in labour markets and labour processes are arguably among the most critical of the many socio-economic processes that globalisation transforms and engenders. The increasing spatial dispersal of production processes and the domineering influence of lead firms that orchestrate such dispersal prompt questions about the quality of work and employment generated and implications for socio-economic equity in low-income countries. Anthropologists of globalisation contend that rather than a mere diffusion of global work and employment practices, the outcomes are highly mediated. The articulation of local agencies and institutions with the global produces new forms of work practices, controls, negotiations and importantly, new identities based on globalised work and consumption. Ethnographers of global work like Carla Freeman, Leslie Salzinger and Aihwa Ong, for instance, have produced extremely interesting narratives on how the new forms of work and control regimes intersect with the local to produce new subjectivities, forms of resistance and control. In India, the software and information technology-enabled services (ITES) sector has been the global face of its economic confidence. Employing large numbers of middle class professionals at high salary levels and contributing substantially to exports, the sector

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