[CSH-CPR Urban Workshop #HYBRID] Informal Work and Urban Exclusion (S. R. Chowdhury)

[CSH-CPR Urban Workshop #HYBRID] Informal Work and Urban Exclusion (S. R. Chowdhury)

Event Details

The Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH) & Centre for Policy Research (CPR)

are pleased to invite you to a Hybrid Urban Workshop (n°151)



(Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore)


Informal Work and Urban Exclusion



Tuesday, 27 September 2023, at 3:45 pm IST onwards

The event will be in hybrid mode at the CPR office (Conference Room, Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi) and over Zoom:

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The session will also be live-streamed on the CPR Facebook page.
In case of any issues and for queries, please email: urbanization@cprindia.org

About the talk: Alongside debates over rising inequalities, the stubbornness of urban poverty, globally, has emerged as a major academic and policy concern. Bangalore’s evolution into India’s silicon valley demonstrates the dualities of dramatic wealth generation and deep pockets of urban marginality. Inter-generationally, the urban poor remain tied to traditional low paying occupations. They may get incorporated into new urban growth channels (export industries, low end services) under highly unfavourable terms and conditions. The concepts of the old poor and the new poor help explore channels of inclusion and exclusion underscoring that the poor’s vulnerabilities are defined by different regimes of informality.

This talk will touch briefly on some of the material presented in the speaker’s book City of Shadows, while attempting to problematize informality’s complex relationship to contemporary theories of class and political agency. A particular focus will be that urban theorizations widely use the concept of space as a window to urban marginalities, but typically emptied of the concept of class: how far does space help us to understand the urban poor’s vulnerabilities?

About Speaker:

Supriya Roy Chowdhury was educated at Presidency College, Kolkata, and at Princeton University. She is currently Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. Earlier she taught at the ISEC, Bangalore, IIM Ahmedabad, and worked as Deputy Editor, The Hindu. Her research interests span labour, trade unions, urban poverty, and migration. She has published in the Journal of Development Studies, Third World Quarterly, Pacific Affairs, Economic and Political Weekly, Socialist Register, as well as contributed to several edited volumes. Her book, “City of Shadows: Slums and Informal Work in Bangalore”, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2021.

This is the hundred and fifty-one (151) in a series of Urban Workshops planned by the Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), New Delhi and Centre for Policy Research (CPR). These workshops seek to provoke public discussion on issues relating to the development of the city and try to address all its facets including its administration, culture, economy, society and politics. For further information, please contact: Stéphanie Tawa Lama of CSH at tawalama@ehess.frMukta Naik at mukta@cprindia.org or Marie-Hélène Zerah at marie-helene.zerah@ird.fr

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