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Dispossessed Women’s Work

The Case of Talcher Coalfields of Odisha

This paper examines the experiences of dispossessed women in terms of accessing work opportunities in a setting of opencast coal mining in Talcher coalfields of Odisha. Drawing its understanding from the framework of social exclusion and adverse inclusion in the discussions, it argues for the variegated experiences of women’s entry into different categories of work with reference to their gender, class and caste positions.

The author is thankful to Vinoj Abraham and Abhilash T for their comments. The author is grateful to the comments received on earlier versions of the paper presented at the Centre for Women’s Development Studies and XVI National Conference of Indian Association of Women’s Studies. The author is also thankful to the anonymous referees for providing valuable comments.

This paper is an inquiry into the changing work opportunities for dispossessed women in the coal bearing areas of India, with reference to intersections of their gender, class and caste positions. For understanding the case of social exclusion and adverse inclusion of women into forms of work in Talcher coalfields of Odisha, it draws on two strands of literature. One that focuses on the continuing marginalisation of women, Dalits and Adivasis in the Indian context through a relational analysis and explains their social exclusion and/or adverse inclusion in different contexts. Specifically focusing on the context of state-led dispossession, the other strand of literature gives a meaningful explanation to differentiated outcomes of dispossession for heterogeneous social groups primarily through the pre-existing agrarian inequalities.

Social Exclusion, Adverse Inclusion and Gender

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Published On : 15th Feb, 2024

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