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Title: Everyday Life Experiences of Women Waste Pickers in Mumbai
Authors: Amit Kumar
Keywords: Women Waste Pickers - Mumbai
Swati Banerjee
School of Social Work
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: This study looks at the everyday life experiences of women waste pickers in M Ward of Mumbai. It follows the theoretical background of intersectionality by Kimberle Crenshaw, where it analyses experiences of women waste pickers on the intersection of gender and caste in Indian context. It looks after the mani festation of gender and caste as subjugating agencies in public and private spheres of women waste pickers in di fferent spaces of social interaction. The context of urbanization and its effect on the margin is understood from their experiences of migration, settlement in slums, rag picking as livelihood option, interaction with state mechanisms and social institutions, and aspiration to minimal recognition. The experiences of migration of women waste pickers and how they opt waste picking as their livelihood option which shapes their life further. It looks after the spatial experiences of women waste pickers living in slums of Mumbai, which looks after the invisibility and untouchability as a phenomena shaping the lives at the margin. It veri fies the caste and gender intersection as a factor of subjugation of women waste pickers, looking after the contemporary Patriarchy and Brahmanism in Indian context. It looks after the methodological transformation to look after the relation between everyday li fe experiences as a research tool to make people’s voices ‘accessible to seeing’, for informed decisions by policy makers, entrepreneurs, civil societies and others. And in continuation to the question of transforming patriarchy and caste in urban sphere it questions the working fashion of civil societies in peripheries of a city and makes people’s voice ‘accessible to seeing’ for a change. It also looks at the pedagogical intervention in education system to bridge the gap between requirements and availability for pursuing good education. And at last it deals with the women waste pickers and their collectives for empowerment.
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