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Home-Based Work: Intersectionalities and Vagaries

The concept of boundaries has been extensively used in the work–family literature.  Activities formally designated as ‘work’ and the activities associated with domestic matters often take place in separate spaces. It would be of interest, therefore, to see how when formal work takes place in informal spaces at home, the conceptual and geographic boundaries, largely used for categorising the domestic and public domains, overlap. At times, domestic spaces may transcend the rigidly defined confines of homes. Under such circumstances, the ways in which the home-based workers are often identified in the official discourses provide some fuel to theoretically problematise the assumed conception of home and home-based workers. Drawing upon the unprotected nature of home-based work with associated caste, class and ethnic intersectionalities that essentialise it, it is argued that home-based work can easily be seen as epitome of symbolic and material marginalisation. Symbolic in the sense of not only echoing...

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