Economic inequality of the badli workers of Bangladesh: Contested entitlements and a 'perpetually temporary' life-world

Alamgir, Fahreen & Cairns, George (2015) Economic inequality of the badli workers of Bangladesh: Contested entitlements and a 'perpetually temporary' life-world. Human Relations, 68(7), pp. 1131-1153.

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Abstract

This article discusses the experience of economic inequality of badli workers in the state-owned jute mills of the postcolonial state of Bangladesh, and how this inequality is constituted and perpetuated. Nominally appointed to fill posts during the temporary absence of permanent workers, the reality of badli workers’ employment is very different. They define themselves as ‘a different category of workers’, with limited economic entitlements. We undertake content analysis of the badli workers’ narratives to identify elements that they themselves consider constitute these economic entitlements. We consider their perceptions of discrimination and exclusion and explain how, in response to these feelings, they construct their survival strategy. From this, through the writings of Armatya Sen, we discuss the badli workers’ contextual experience and understanding of economic inequality in relation to extant theoretical understandings, seeking to contribute to the field and to empirical studies in the subaltern context.

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ID Code: 84666
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Badli Workers, Capability, Economic Inequality, Equity, Postcolonial
DOI: 10.1177/0018726714559433
ISSN: 1741-282X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Industrial Relations (150306)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 04 Jun 2015 23:01
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2015 05:50

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