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

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Crisis in Female Employment

Analysis across Social Groups

This paper, based on NSS employment and unemployment data for various rounds since 1999-2000, highlights the trends and patterns of inclusion and exclusion in female employment across social groups. It provides evidence of increasing social inequalities in female employment, alongside worsening gender-based segregations. It also shows how specific attention to social and cultural variables could overturn standard assumptions regarding women's employment, which indeed has relevance for more general discussions on employment in the country.

This paper was presented at the CWDS-TISS Collaborative Seminar, "Women in the Worlds of Labour: Interdisciplinary and Intersectional Perspectives", 21-22 February 2014, held at TISS, Mumbai. The author is thankful to the participants of the seminar, Babu P Remesh, Indrani Mazumdar, and the anonymous referee for comments and suggestions.

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