What can we Learn from Place-Work-Workplace Entitlements about good Urban Living?

Smita Srinivas | 2016


This case originates in the idea that whether or not urban residents experience good living is largely to do with whether their health, housing, education, or transport are well taken care of. The argument in this case is that the ways we think of urban living and inclusion is largely influenced by the national and regional contexts of welfare entitlement in industrial transformation, specifically the approach to social protection plans and ‘productive social policies’. It shows, building on prior analyses, how three distinct roots of industrial welfare (place, work, and work-place systems of entitlements) can prove useful explanations for inclusive entitlements and urban inclusion. Using a range of data sources –including Indian national and state plan documents, healthcare entitlements in cities, and the organizational histories for struggle in labour and health-it explores the challenges and opportunities to urban inclusion within the context of India’s industrial transformation and its particular forms of industrial welfare.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.24943/1-0017