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Spexy: life, labour and fakery in metropolitan Delhi

Abstract:

My doctoral thesis is an ethnography of work in new types of jobs in the burgeoning private service economy in urban India, based on 14 months of immersive fieldwork in the capital city of New Delhi, with youth working as salespersons, optometrists and store managers in a fast-growing organised retail company, that I call Spexy, that sells budget eyewear products (sunglasses and prescription glasses). In the thesis, I examine the store staff’s everyday practices, actions and fantasies on t...

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Division:
SSD
Department:
International Development
Role:
Depositor, Author

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Supervisor
ORCID:
0000-0003-0499-9934
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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