Dissertation Abstracts

Situating Migrants in an Industrial Setting: A Sociological Study

Author: Dhal, Saroj Kum, sarojdse@gmail.com
Department: Sociology
University: University of Delhi, India
Supervisor: Prof. Tulsi Patel
Year of completion: In progress
Language of dissertation: English

Keywords: Migration , Life World , Everyday life , Industry
Areas of Research: Migration , Family Research , Health


My thesis is a form of anthropological and sociological study that provides a descriptive analysis of migrant employees of H.A.L (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) and their everyday lives. This thesis analyses the experiential, performative, and lived realities of H.A.L employees in Lucknow city. It is based on an innovative multi-sited ethnography, comprising in-depth interviews, participant observation, and a structured schedule which covers almost all of H.A.L employees who live in the H.A.L residential area. With extensive fieldwork and constant participation and interaction, I have been able to present a complete picture of H.A.L. I have also explored the intertwining of time and space that comes to characterize the life world of H.A.L. My focus is on the words and worlds of these employees as they experience their daily lives, which are usually different from their lives prior to coming in contact with H.A.L and moving into its township. The life world of H.A.L’s employees refers to the way in which their activities and ideas are related to the institutional, economic and cultural structure of the society in which the people of that industry live.

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