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Networks, Labour and Migration among Indian Muslim Artisans provides an ethnography of life, work and migration in a North Indian Muslim-dominated woodworking industry. It traces artisanal connections within the local context, during migration within India, and to the Gulf, examining how woodworkers utilise local and transnational networks, based on identity, religiosity, and affective circulations, to access resources, support and forms of mutuality. However, the book also illustrates how liberalisation, intensifying forms of marginalisation and incorporation into global production networks have led to spatial pressures, fragmentation of artisanal labour, and forms of enclavement that persist despite geographical mobility and connectedness. By working across the dialectic of marginality and connectedness, Thomas Chambers thinks through these complexities and dualities by providing an ethnographic account that shares everyday life with artisans and others in the industry. Descriptive detail is intersected with spatial scales of ‘local’, ‘national’ and ‘international’, with the demands of supply chains and labour markets within India and abroad, with structural conditions, and with forms of change and continuity. Empirically, then, the book provides a detailed account of a specific locale, but also contributes to broader theoretical debates centring on theorisations of margins, borders, connections, networks, embeddedness, neoliberalism, subjectivities, and economic or social flux. Networks, Labour and Migration Among Indian Muslim Artisans provides an ethnography of life, work and migration in a North Indian Muslim-dominated woodworking industry. It traces artisanal connections within the local context, during migration within India, and to the Gulf, examining how woodworkers utilise local and transnational networks, based on identity, religiosity, and affective circulations, to access resources, support and forms of mutuality. However, the book also illustrates how liberalisation, intensifying forms of marginalisation and incorporation into global production networks have led to spatial pressures, fragmentation of artisanal labour, and forms of enclavement that persist despite geographical mobility and connectedness. By working across the dialectic of marginality and connectedness, Thomas Chambers thinks through these complexities and dualities by providing an ethnographic account that shares everyday life with artisans and others in the industry. Descriptive detail is intersected with spatial scales of ‘local’, ‘national’ and ‘international’, with the demands of supply chains and labour markets within India and abroad, with structural conditions, and with forms of change and continuity. Empirically, then, the book provides a detailed account of a specific locale, but also contributes to broader theoretical debates centring on theorisations of margins, borders, connections, networks, embeddedness, neoliberalism, subjectivities, and economic or social flux.       

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  1. Half Title
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  1. Series
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. List of figures
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  1. List of tables
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. Map
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  1. 1. Marginalisation, connectedness and Indian Muslim artisans: an introduction
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  1. 2. A brief history of Indian Muslim artisans
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  1. 3. The Indian craft supply chain: money, commodities and intimacy
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  1. 4. Muslim women and craft production in India: gender, labour and space
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  1. 5. Apprenticeship and labour amongst Indian Muslim artisans
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  1. 6. Neoliberalism and Islamic reform among Indian Muslim artisans: affect and self-making
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  1. 7. Friendship, urban space, labour and craftwork in India
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  1. 8. Internal migration in India: imaginaries, subjectivities and precarity
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  1. 9. Labour migration between India and the Gulf: regimes, imaginaries and continuities
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  1. 10. Marginalisation and connectedness: a conclusion
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  1. Glossary
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  1. References
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  1. Index
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  1. Architecture and Fire
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781787354531
Related ISBN
9781787354548
MARC Record
OCLC
1152892028
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-19
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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