ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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LABOUR

LABOUR

Working Class Women and Working Class Families in Bombay Report of a Survey A SUBSTANTIAL part of the labour- force of a big city like Bombay consists of women. If we include women who work in the home as well as those who work outside, then the proportion becomes even larger. But what is their role in social production, their contribution to society? We here take up this question as it relates mainly to three aspects of female labour: factory labour, housework and miscellaneous unorganised forms of female labour. The aim of the survey was to find out now the vast labour force of a metro- Slitan centre like Bombay is constituted, how and under what conditions it subsists and reproduces its labouring capacity. Particular emphasis was laid on the role of women in this process, both through their work outside the family in employment of various kinds, and through their work within the households. It was felt that an understanding of their work, the conditions under which they work, the way they experience these and their special problems would be a necessary precondition for undertaking systematic work with them in the future.

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