Harriss-White, B. (2003)
Hariss-White provides a thorough analysis of what she calls the economy of the 88%, referring to that segment of the economy which still functions at an informal or local level: organized/unorganized labor. She asserts that the boomtown India literature ignores the majority of the Indian economic picture by focusing only on the globalization of the formal market picture. Specifically speaks against the World Bank for lauding their system of data collection on the economy and providing access to that information through online databases/reports; Hariss-White calls this “a high-tech mask behind which the political and social relations described here continue to operate.” (101) The chapter of this book relevant to my current research is “The workforce and its social structures.” The industries of the knowledge economy are not “labor-absorbing” because of higher levels of productivity (18). Hariss-White describes the workers of India as “insecure” because of employer practices of withholding pay and/or manipulating contracts and debt (much of this refers to manual labor) (34).
Provides alternative perspective to rosy picture of the educated Indian workforce.
Helps create a more inclusive picture of the Indian workforce and reminds me to clearly define the workforce I will address with HRD instructional design focus.
Description of insecurity is an interesting idea to consider when characterizing even the educated workforce in communications and IT industries. (I have anecdotal evidence of this in Indian employees here and the Indian development teams for ECS.)