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How Mobile Are Workers across Informal and Formal Jobs in India?

The Indian labour market is characterised by a high level of informality, with large numbers of workers in poorly paid “lower tier” informal jobs, and somewhat better paid “upper tier” informal jobs, and no benefits or security of tenure as formal jobs. Using a longitudinal data set for India, this...

The Popular Aesthetics of Social Mobility

Reflecting on the aesthetic trajectory of the idea of social mobility in Hindi cinema and situating such film texts within the long history of the optical relation between cinema and the city, this article argues that the film Gully Boy ’s (2019) quest is anchored within neo-liberal freedoms, albeit topped with a laudable linguistic experiment. In comparison with the social mobility films of the last three decades, the film is marked by certain key departures and new blind spots, which occasion a rethinking of popular culture, particularly due to its increasing over-reliance on the attention economy of social media.
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