The rapid economic growth of the past few decades has radically transformed India’s labour market, bringing millions of former agricultural workers into manufacturing industries, and, more recently, the expanding service industries, such as call centres and IT companies.
Alongside this employment shift has come a change in health and health problems, as communicable diseases have become less common, while non-communicable diseases, like cardiovascular problems, and mental health issues such as stress, have increased.
This interdisciplinary work connects those two trends to offer an analysis of the impact of working conditions on the health of Indian workers that is unprecedented in scope and depth.
Martin Hyde is Associate Professor in Gerontology at the Centre for Innovative Ageing, Swansea University. His research looks at global ageing, and work, health and retirement in later life.
Holendro Singh Chungkham is an Assistant Professor at the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), North-East Centre, Tezpur, India His research focuses on the application of advanced statistical techniques look at psychosocial work characteristics and health outcomes.
Laishram Ladusingh is Professor in and Head of the Department of Mathematical Demography and Statistics at the International Institute for Population Sciences in Mumbai. He has written extensively on demographic issues.
Introduction: Work, Stress and Health in India ~ Martin Hyde, Holendro Singh Chungkham, Laishram Ladusingh;
Work, stress and health: Theories and models ~ Linda Magnusson-Hansson, Martin Hyde, Holendro Singh Chungkham & Hugo Westerlund;
Work environment, health and the international development agenda ~ Martin Hyde and Tores Theorell;
The development of the labour market in India: Some issues for investigation ~ A.V.Jose;
Gender differentials in time spent in unpaid household work in India ~ Laishram Ladusingh;
Activity status, morbidity pattern and hospitalization in India ~ Harihar Sahoo;
Stress and health amongst the Indian police ~ Vaijayanthee Kumar and T.J. Kamalanabhan;
Health status and lifestyle of Tea Garden labourers of Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal ~ Subrata K. Roy and Tanaya Kundu Chowdhury;
The role of work-family support factors in helping individuals achieve work-family balance in India~ Sarlaksha Ganesh and M.P.Ganesh;
Working conditions, health and well-being amongst the scavenger community ~ Vimal Kumar;
Lessons and future research directions from work environment research in India ~ Martin Hyde, Holendro Singh Chungkham, Laishram Ladusingh.