TITLE: Leaving the Land
AUTHOR: Dollly Kokon and Bengt G. Karlsson
PUBLISHER: Cambridge University Press
PAGES: Hard Bound
During the last decade, indigenous youth from Northeast India have migrated in large numbers to the main cities of metropolitan India to find work and to study. The migration is facilitated by new work opportunities in the hospitality sector, mainly as service personnel in luxury hotels, shopping malls, restaurants and airlines. Prolonged armed conflicts, militarization, a stagnant economy, corrupt and ineffective governance structures, and the harsh conditions of subsistence agriculture in their home villages or small towns impel the youth to seek opportunities outside their home region. English language skills, a general cosmopolitan outlook as well as a non-Indian physical appearance have proven to be key assets in securing work within the new hospitality industry. Leaving the Land traces the migratory journeys of these youths and engages with their new lives in the cities such as Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Thiruvanathapuram.
Leaving the land Indigenous Migration and affective labour in India
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