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Cultural Anthropology

Category: Anthropology

Working the Night Shift describes how young Indian women navigate the opposing pressures they confront in choosing to work in call centers. On one side, the pressures to conform to the traditional gender roles of Indian women come from women’s families, neighbors and society as a whole. On the other side, the pressures to live a modern lifestyle come from the globalizing economy and the opportunities it presents not only to work in the call center but also to participate in an emerging consumer culture. How do Indian women navigate these opposing pressures? What are the gender role expectations they confront? What are the new opportunities presented to them by this new labor opportunity? How does globalization affect the gender roles and family dynamics of women who work in the call center industry?