Cambridge Festival of Ideas - India and the Paradoxes of Global Capitalism

18 October 2017, 18:30 - 19:30
Cambridge campus

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Poised to become the most populous nation in the world, India confronts the largely unexpected but dramatic features of 21st-century modernity:

  • instead of secularisation, capitalism is accompanied by a strengthening of religious fervor (reflected in the rise of the Hindu right)
  • a labour market dominated by advancing informalisation
  • a scientific workforce at the vanguard of the high-tech revolution amidst an impoverished majority still toiling in the rural world.

In this presentation, John Trumpbour, Research Director of the Labor & Worklife Program (LWP) at Harvard Law School, will explore a variety of creative responses to these challenges. He will include thematic innovations from the Indian left, the rise of organisations and initiatives led by women, and the growing recognition that India’s celebrated high-tech sector needs a new vision in the face of the lurking fourth industrial revolution (the rise of the robots that may render much of the global workforce redundant).

This evnt is part of Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

Event Details

18 October 2017, 18:30 - 19:30
Cambridge campus

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