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Urban Undesirables City Transition and Street-Based Sex Work in Bangalore


Aug 30 2022 to Aug 30 2022 6 p.m.



Bangalore International Centre

7 4th Main Rd, Stage 2, Domlur 560071

Event Description

Urban Undesirables: City Transition and Street-Based Sex Work in Bangalore, a book by Anant Kamath co-authored by Neeti P., presents urban transition experiences over nearly three decades in Bangalore city based on the narratives of the city’s street-based sex workers. Sex workers – female, male, and transgender – have been omnipresent in Bangalore’s streets for decades. However, despite being blacklisted as ‘undesirable’ and hazards to the ‘ideal public’, they have their own unique imaginaries and narratives of the city and its mutations. In mapping out their spatial and social ecosystems and experiences with technology, this book redraws, rewrites, and relooks at Bangalore and its transformations from their perspectives. The writers and researchers take an unconventional journey through their spaces, comrades, and battles to announce and affirm their individuality and agency. This is done through their empowerment strategies and their struggle to reclaim spaces, asserting their identities as informal workers and legitimate citizens of the city. The book offers an analysis of their experiences which is anchored around concepts such as neoliberal urbanism, gender, labour informality, and the politics of technology. In this session the authors Anant Kamath and Neeti P. will present the main features and the outline of the book. This will be followed by a discussion between the authors and Prof Sarasu Esther Thomas, Prof Supriya Roy Chowdhury and Rajesh Srinivas. There will be a Q&A session with the panel following the discussion.

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