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Migration for Domestic Work-A Case of Female Domestic Workers in Bangalore
Many Banglorean households are increasingly dependent on domestic workers and without them their employers could n’t go out to work in the “productive” economy. In this way, transnational, globalised economy is brought into the private home, not just in goods consumed there, but at its very core in the organizing and delivery of “reproductive” labour.[B.Anderson 2000]. This is very much true in the case of working womens’, Elite, Rich people , Middle class , and lower middle class [those who can afford ]to have domestic worker for the menial jobs at home . The demand for the domestic workers is increasing on and on in the city of Bangalore. This is because of the booming industrialization, housing, trade commerce. Apart from this the soft ware industry, ITand BT, manufacturing of computer peripherals. Major soft ware industries are based in Bangalore. Viz Infosys, Wipro etc. People do migrate to Bangalore for the sake of Jobs from all other states of India. Migration of women remains more or less unexplored as it is often viewed as more domestic and private, which is outside the sphere of production. Nevertheless, of late, it is increasingly being: recognised that women are no longer passive movers, who follow the male household heads. This paper conceptualises domestic services as a major informal sector activities which assumes importance due to transformations in class relations and the development of new life style combined with unprecedented mobility of labour. The development of the city attracted many more people for the menial jobs. The case of women domestic workers in Bangalore shows that migration for domestic service is largely a female driven phenomenon from with in the state[ from other districts] and from neighboring states, like Tamilnadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh for the menial jobs where migration is primarily due to employment availability of women. The conditions of work in domestic service are deplorable with long working hours, low pay and absence of job security. In this paper an attempt has been made to anlyse the above issues.
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