Journal article / Gold Jewellery Making and Migrant Labour Force in Kerala

Sumeetha, M. ‘Gold Jewellery Making and Migrant Labour Force in Kerala.Economic and Political Weekly 54, no. 28 (13 July 2019): 106-13.

Abstract (edited): The extent of the gold jewellery market in Kerala has widened and consumption patterns have drastically altered. The increasing presence of migrant workers in the industry is a direct consequence of the deregulation of the gold industry in the early 1990s.

While resorting to a labour process framework, this paper elucidates the process of recruitment and the composition of the workforce. The empirical data is based on the findings and observations gathered through intensive fieldwork conducted during the course of three years, from 2010 to 2013, in the gold jewellery making industry in Thrissur and Kozhikode districts.

This work also relies on a larger data set, the Inter-State Migrant Survey conducted by the Centre for Development Studies in 2012, which collected data on migrant workers from four districts of Kerala.

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