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From 'gin' girls to scavengers: women in Indian collieries

Lahiri-Dutt, Kuntala


Coal mining began in India during the colonial period as an enclave to fuel the engines of the Raj. Women of tribal and lower caste communities were an important part of the labour force. Their role in the resource extraction continued to be significant as long as the techniques of production remained basic, labour intensive, small and surface bound. The expansion of coal mining (particularly in the post-colonial period when the industry was nationalised), with consequent increasing reliance...[Show more]

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Date published: 2001
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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