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The Absence of State Law: Domestic Workers in India

The Absence of State Law: Domestic Workers in India

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by IDWFED published Jul 23, 2011 12:00 AM
Contributors: Neetha N. and Rajni Palriwala/Vol 23, Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, 2011
This article argues that legal recognition and protection to paid domestic workers will enable and require a fundamental shift in the recognition, valuation, and practices of care, in gendered divisions of work and in economic and social policy in India.

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The state and existing laws and legal concepts in India are unable to, or refuse to, deal with the specific nature of domestic workers, their workplaces, and their employment relations. While outlining existing laws that can be modified so as to regulate domestic work, this article argues that legal recognition and protection to paid domestic workers will enable and require a fundamental shift in the recognition, valuation, and practices of care, in gendered divisions of work and in economic and social policy in India.

Neetha N. and Rajni Palriwala, Vol 23, Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, 2011

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