Beyond the Abject: Caste and the Organization of Work in Pakistan's Waste Economy

  title={Beyond the Abject: Caste and the Organization of Work in Pakistan's Waste Economy},
  author={Waqas H. Butt},
  journal={International Labor and Working-Class History},
  pages={18 - 33}
  • W. Butt
  • Published 2019
  • Political Science
  • International Labor and Working-Class History
Abstract This article examines the historical processes by which low or non-caste groups have situated themselves in Pakistan's waste economy. Adopting caste as a category of governance, the colonial regime implemented policies and interventions that not only impacted these groups in the Punjab, but also cemented enduring connections between caste, waste work, and governance, which have subsequently shaped the trajectories of waste work in cities like Lahore. Moving beyond the framework of the… Expand
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