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

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Indian Working Class and Some Recent Historiographical Issues

Marxist and progressive-minded historians have undoubtedly made important contributions, particularly in the area of workers' struggles, trade unions and the influence of political and ideological movements on these struggles and organisations. But their writings have often ignored the complexities of the historical formation of the Indian working class and have not dealt with many critical areas and major themes, among them, labour process and labour forms, control over and subordination of labour, leadership patterns at different levels, the relationship between the workplace and the community life outside it and proletarianisation and class formation. Furthermore, larger themes of culture, ideology and mentalities, gender dimension, or protests and deference at the macro as well as micro levels and interrelations between these and the politics involved have been neglected.

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