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Sanjay Srivastava | 'How to project a 'cosmopolitan personality'. Notes on the production of modern labor in India's economy | Center for South Asia Annual Lecture

May 3, 2016 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 219

Free and Open to the Public

Focusing upon rural youth, this project seeks to explore the relationship between educational and economic disadvantage and the demands for technical and ‘soft skills’ in a globalised and rapidly transforming jobs market. Specifically, the project investigates the manner in which the government’s ‘Skills Development Programme’ is unfolding at the ground level. He has been in conversation regarding the project with the Department of Skills Development at the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), as well as private players, such as the Futures Group (that owns the Big Bazaar chain of department stores) that have been contracted by the MoRD and the National Skills Development Council (NSDC) for skills development. The project explores discourses of ‘skill’ and ‘competence’ that as they circulate in villages, government departments, management schools and corporate offices; it seeks to locate these discourses within broader conversations (and projects) regarding the making of new subjectivities through, and for, new kinds of work.

Sanjay Srivastava is Director, MS Merian- R. Tagore International Centre for Advanced Studies and Professor of Sociology and Social Anthropology, and Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University North Campus. His key publications include Constructing Post-colonial India: National Character and the Doon School (Routledge, 1998), Passionate Modernity: Sexuality, Class and Consumption in India (Routledge, 2007) and Entangled Urbanism. Slum, Gated Community and Shopping Mall in Delhi and Gurgaon (OUP, 2014). He has edited and contributed to Sexual Sites, Seminal Attitudes, Sexualities, Masculinities and Culture in South Asia (Sage, 2004) and Sexuality Studies (OUP, 2013). He is the co-author (with David Birch and Tony Schirato) of Asia: Cultural Politics in the Global Age (Palgrave, 2001).

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