ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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A Study of Paid Domestic Workers from a Resettlement Colony in Chennai

Housing, Homes and Domestic Work

Drawing from a study of work and livelihoods in Kannagi Nagar, Chennai's largest resettlement site, this paper reflects on paid domestic work as one among a limited range of occupations available to unskilled women workers in urban areas. It takes a spatial approach to analysing markets for urban domestic work, where issues of location, distance, travel, and timings are found to determine the opportunities for employment. In addition, it looks at domestic work against the background of larger employment markets for low-skilled female workers, and the range of options and preferences that frame it.



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