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Feminist Contributions from the Margins:Shifting Conceptions of Work and Performance of the Bar Dancers of Mumbai

With the case against the ban on dance bars in Mumbai still pending in the Supreme Court, this paper analyses two studies - "Background and Working Conditions of Women Working in Dance Bars in Mumbai" and "After the Ban: Women Working in Dance Bars of Mumbai" - which have unearthed the hitherto unknown lives of women dancers. It highlights the shifts that feminists have made in their understanding of how women from a poor background have charted and defined their work and lives. It also reminds us that like in all workplaces which are not regulated, and as with other unorganised workers, it is important that the bar dancers be organised to fight for their rights, such as pensions, working hours, the prevention of entry of minors into the profession, maternity benefits, crèche facilities, etc.

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Feminist Contributions from the Margins: Shifting Conceptions of Work and Performance of the Bar Dancers of Mumbai

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With the case against the ban on dance bars in Mumbai still pending in the Supreme Court, this paper analyses two studies – “Background and Working Conditions of Women Working in Dance Bars in Mumbai” and “After the Ban: Women Working in Dance Bars of Mumbai” – which have unearthed the hitherto unknown lives of women dancers. It highlights the shifts that feminists have made in their understanding of how women from a poor background have charted and defined their work and lives. It also reminds us that like in all workplaces which are not regulated, and as with other unorganised workers, it is important that the bar dancers be organised to fight for their rights, such as pensions, working hours, the prevention of entry of minors into the profession, maternity benefits, crèche facilities, etc.

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