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Mezzadri, Alessandra (2021) 'India’s informal capitalism: social structures of accumulation, forms of exploitation and social reproduction in the Sweatshop Regime.' In: McDonough, Terrence, Kotz, David M. and Reich, Michael, (eds.), Handbook on Social Structure of Accumulation Theory, Edited by Terrence McDonough, Cian McMahon and David M. Kotz. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 152-169. (International library of critical writings in economics ; 295)

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This chapter reflects on the achievements of the Social Structure of Accumulation School (SSA) in contributing to our understanding of Indian informal capitalism. At the same time, it also indicates ways to integrate this approach with other theoretical lenses, either concerned with the different ‘forms’ exploitation can take, or with social reproduction; two themes that are central to explore informal labour relations in the subcontinent. Drawing from evidence collected across India’s Sweatshop Regime over one and a half decades of field-based research around garment export, the chapter shows the benefits of deploying this framework, and illustrate how the social structures paving accumulation in the Indian garment industry interplay with, and are co-constituted by, highly differentiated trajectories of exploitation and social reproduction.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISBN: 9781788975964
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Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2022 19:01

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