Book Discussion: Informal Labor, Formal Politics and Dignified Discontent in India
Sponsored by the Rising Powers Initiative’s Asian Economic Challenges series
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Lindner Commons, 1957 E Street, NW, Room 602
Washington, DC 20052
Rina Agarwala, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University
Informal Labor, Formal Politics and Dignified Discontent in India examines the growing group of “informal” or “precarious” workers who are unregulated and have no labor rights. Rina Agarwala investigates how these vulnerable workers are organizing to improve their livelihoods in India. Drawing upon 300 personal interviews with women workers in construction and tobacco, she finds–contrary to the existing literature–that these workers are launching an innovative movement to assert their rights.
Please RSVP at: go.gwu.edu/agarwala.
Beyond Pakistan: New Delhi’s policy toward Afghanistan and Central Asia With Dr. Jean-Luc Racine
Elliott School’s Central Asia Program
The Rising Powers Initiative
This event is made possible by generous support from the MacArther Foundation
Thursday, October 17, 2013
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 412,
Voesar Conference Room
Dr. Jean-Luc Racine is Emeritus CNRS Senior Fellow, working at the Centre for South Asian Studies, at the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris. He is also the Director of the Science Policy at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, and Vice–President of the Paris–based think tank Asia Centre (www.centreasia.eu). His research is focused on three correlated issues: the dynamics of transformation of contemporary India; India’s foreign and security policies and its attempts at reshaping the new world order; and geopolitics of South Asia, particularly its most sensitive issues: Pakistan strategic paradigm, India–Pakistan relations and Kashmir.
Please RSVP at: go.gwu.edu/beyondpakistan.