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Faculty Member Reviews Manuscript Focused on Workers in India

Vinay Bahl, associate professor of sociology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been invited by the State University of New York Press to review and evaluate a book manuscript for possible publication. The manuscript deals with informal workers in India and their struggles.

Bahl says informal workers comprise the majority of India’s labor force. They are unorganized laborers working in the unlicensed sector or households, as well as workers in the formal sector without any employment and social security benefits provided by employers.

Vinay Bahl
Vinay Bahl

The Penn College faculty member has published three books (one co-edited) and numerous articles on subjects that include industrialization, the working class, the caste system, the women’s movement, music, South Asian women’s clothes and Third World women.

Bahl authored a book titled “The Making of the Indian Working Class: The Case of the Tata Iron and Steel Co., 1880-1946.” The book was published in 1995 by SAGE, and it was featured in the Social Scientist, a New Delhi-based journal.

Among her other writings dedicated to India, she wrote a chapter on India’s working class struggle that is included in the book “National Movement in India: A Reader,” published by Oxford University Press USA in 2009.

Bahl has taught sociology at Penn College since 1996. She holds a doctorate from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She has served as a visiting scholar to the College de France, Paris, and Amsterdam’s International Institute of Asian Studies.

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Sylvia Bidelspach,

Dr. Bahl is a resource to students as her academic approach is challenging and leaves a progressive impact unto her students. This professor is nothing short of an asset to Pennsylvania College of Technology. Myself, along with many before and after me, have been significantly changed for the better by Dr. Bahl’s pertinent and relevant teachings of the social sciences.

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