chapter  6
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Subcontracted homework in India: A case study of three sectors

ByRATNA M. SUDARSHAN, SHANTA VENKATARAMAN

The creation of new jobs in export oriented production in developing countries as a consequence of the processes of globalisation and liberalisation is fairly well documented, as is the fact that much of this work has gone to women. It is known that parts of the production process may be outsourced and that the linkages between different levels of production may not always be clearly visible. Very little is known about the lower end of the production chain, which includes homeworkers – who these workers are, and what the terms and conditions of their work are. This chapter attempts to fill this gap, in relation to a few selected sectors and locations. The primary motivation behind this study is to identify appropriate policy interventions.