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Urban Informal Sector: The Work Culture of Silversmiths in Odisha

Indian Journal of Industrial Relations

Volume 48 Issue 3

Published: 2013
Author(s) Name: Rabindra K. Mohanty | Author(s) Affiliation: Rabindra K. Mohanty is Reader in Sociology, Biju Patnaik State Police Academy, Bhubaneshwar
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Abstract

This paper distinguishes the traditional segment of urban informal sector from its non-traditional counterparts analytically as well as empirically. Drawing example from a traditional occupation of silversmithy in Cuttack city in Odisha in Eastern India it looks at the socio-structural characteristics of silversmithy in the urban informal sector. It delves into the exploitative relations of production and analyses work culture, occupational dynamics and human relations at work. The study shows that lack of adequate resources, working capital, raw materials, and space for storage and display of finished products and market network make the artisans depend on the middlemen.

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