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Of Contracts and Kaliyuga

Of Contracts and Kaliyuga

(p.151) 7 Of Contracts and Kaliyuga
We Were Adivasis
Megan Moodie
University of Chicago Press

Chapter Seven considers the position of young Dhanka men in relation to the broader community projects of their fathers and grandfathers. It shows that in the neoliberal era of the contract, the Dhanka are under threat of downward mobility. The privatization of many utilities in the city and the increasing use of contracted, temporary workers by government departments means that young men cannot undertake collective aspiration in the same ways as a previous generation, a development that often causes friction between men of different generations.

Keywords:   masculinity, privatization, neoliberalism, Thekedar, India

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