South Asia

Organized Panel Session

1 - Between the Local and the Global: Organizing in India’s Garment Export Factories 

Friday, July 6
12:10 PM - 1:40 PM
Location: Kadamba, Lower Ground Floor

India ranks 5th in the global apparel exports with an estimated workforce of over 8 million workers. Over 60% of the garment workers are women, who are engaged in formal and informal workplaces including home-based work. The bedrock of this export industry is poorly paid, often-young migrant women from impoverished working-class households from rural and urban areas. Feminist analysis has explored the interplay of gender and capitalist relations in global supply chains that produce ‘gendered labor subjectivities’ in the factory shop floors. Are women workers able to counter these subjectivities? How are they collectivizing and resisting the colonization of their laboring bodies and articulating an alternative vision for themselves? This paper will explore and try to understand the conditions that enable women workers to take collective actions in hyper exploitative labor regimes in garment supply chains.

Madhumita Dutta

Ohio State University, United States

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