Networks, Labour and Migration Among Indian Muslim Artisans

Thomas Chambers

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ISBN: 9781787354548

Publication: April 21, 2020

Series: Economic Exposures in Asia

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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 enslavement 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.          

Thomas Chambers is an Anthropologist with a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex. He has lengthy experience researching in India, specifically the geographical region of North-West Uttar Pradesh, and his focus covers migration, urban space, conviviality, government documents and paperwork, digitisation, labour, Islam, and artisans. Thomas is currently a lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and continues to regularly engage in fieldwork in India and the Gulf.

Chapter One

Marginalisation, Connectedness & Indian Muslim Artisans: An Introduction

Chapter Two

A Brief History of Indian Muslim Artisans

Chapter Three

The Indian Craft Supply Chain: Money, Commodities & Intimacy

Chapter Four

Muslim Women & Craft Production in India: Gender, Labour & Space

Chapter Five

Apprenticeship & Labour amongst Indian Muslim Artisans

Chapter Six

Neoliberalism & Islamic Reform among Indian Muslim Artisans: Affect & Self Making

Chapter Seven

Friendship, Urban Space, Labour & Craftwork in India

Chapter Eight

Internal Migration in India: Imaginaries, Subjectivities & Precarity

Chapter Nine

Labour Migration between India & the Gulf: Regimes, Imaginaries & Continuities

Chapter Ten

Marginalisation & Connectedness: A Conclusion




Format: Paperback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

298 Pages

30 colour illustrations Illustrations

30 colour illustrations

Copyright: © 2020

ISBN: 9781787354548

Publication: April 21, 2020

Series: Economic Exposures in Asia

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