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Understanding Labour through the Lens of Intersectionality: A Case of Mining Labour in Odisha

Suravee Nayak
There have been few attempts to address the power dynamics that emerge from the junction of social structures like class, caste, gender, and ethnicity and shape everyday labour experiences. This essay underlines the need for an intersectional approach to the study of labour and how such a critical lens can be used through interdisciplinary work, where political economics provides the ideal environment. I make an attempt to demonstrate how the concept of "intersectionality" improves our comprehension of various working situations by using the example of coal mining labour in Odisha.