Migration: A Qualitative Study on the Community of Migrant Farmers in Delhi

Journal of the Anthropological Survey of India, 66(1-2) : (83-101), 2017

Migration: A Qualitative Study on the Community of Migrant Farmers in Delhi

Ayesha Datta1 and Urfat Anjem Mir2
1Institute of Social Studies Trust, New Delhi
2School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD)

Abstract
The article examines the impact of agrarian crisis and the resulting ‘family migration’ on women’s access to the urban labor market in India. It assesses women’s participation in the distress migration decisions and the impact of forced relocation on women’s control over health and child care among the migrant farming families in Delhi in the absence of any protective measures enacted by the state. This article is based on data collected during February and March 2017 among migrant farming community. The article argues that while ‘family employment’ in agriculture and the increased reproductive responsibilities post migration immobilize the woman in the new place of residence and affects her purchasing power, the breakdown of joint family due to migration on the other hand contributes in increasing the possibilities of her participation in the household decisions especially related to education and health.

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