Taniya Chakrabarty*

Jawaharlal Nehru University


Fellowship recieved in 2021, 2022
Academic supervisor: PROF. SURINDER S. JODHKA
Current affiliation: Centre for Study of Social Systems (CSSS), JNU

Taniya Chakrabarty, is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology, from the Centre for Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her research interests include elite sociology, sociology of education, sociology of business, merit, labour, and inequality. At present, her dissertation attempts to understand whether or not a social story exists behind an otherwise mechanically understood hiring process in the corporate sector. Through a focus on campus placements, this study attempts to explore the process of merit construction and elite reproduction in elite educational institutions and corporate economy and to probe if and how identities shape the career path of individuals seeking high-status professional jobs in the corporate economy.

Academic Qualifications:
2018: M. Phil. in Sociology at Centre for Study of Social Systems (CSSS), School of Social Sciences (SSS), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi,
Dissertation: Business of Hiring: Social Life of Corporate Economy in India

2013: MA in Globalisation and Labour (GL) in School of Management and Labour Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India, conducted in collaboration with Global Labour University (GLU) International Masters Programme.
Dissertation: Contract Workers in the Automobile and Light Engineering Industries: A Study on Issues of Work Intensity, Workplace Organization and Occupational Safety and Health

2011: BA (Honours) Political Science, Loreto College, Calcutta University, India

Work Experience
2019: Teaching Assistant for the course ‘Indian Society: Imaginations, Structures and Identities’ for “Young India Fellowship”, Ashoka University, Sonipat.
2017: 2019: Project Member, UGC-DAAD funded project titled, “New Directions in ‘Active Ageing’ and ‘Age-friendly-Culture”, a collaborative interdisciplinary project between the Institute of Gerontology, the University of Heidelberg and Jawaharlal Nehru University.
2013-2016: Research Associate at Institute for Human Development, New Delhi
Project: Labour Market Inequality: A Comparison Between India and Brazil, in collaboration with CEBRAP, Sao Paulo, funded by International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada

Awards and Achievements:
2021: Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) fellowship, awarded by Tokyo India Foundation, Japan
2013: Fellowship under the “Urban Aspirations for Global Cities” Project, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and Max Planck Institute, Germany
Fellowship Monograph: Emerging Site of Exploitation: Use of Prisoners’ Labour in Jail Factories in India with Special Emphasis On Maharashtra
2013: “Institute Gold Medal”, awarded by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.
2011: "Best Student", “Viswanathan Award” and “Class of 1990 Award” by Loreto College, Calcutta University

Journal articles:
Chakrabarty, T. (2022), “Merit, Capital and Middle Class: Exploring the Linkages”, Indian Journal of Human Development, Sage Publications. Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 158-168.

Sharma, A.N., Sharma, A.K. and Chakrabarty, T. (2016), “Social Inclusion through Social Protection Programmes”, Yojana, Vol. 60, pp. 39-44. (ISSN: 0971-8400).

Rodgers, G; Cacciamali, M.C, Chakrabarty, T. et. al. (2017). Growth and Inequality: The Contrasting Trajectories of India and Brazil. Cambridge University Press, New Delhi.

Book chapters (or equivalent):
Chakrabarty, T. (2013), “Emerging Site of Exploitation: Use of Prisoner’s Labour in Jail Factories in India: with Special Emphasis on Maharashtra”, in Urban Aspirations in Global Cities, Max Planck Institute (MPI), Göttingen, Germany and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India

Working Papers:
Cacciamali, M.C., Chakrabarty, T.; Rodgers, G., and Fabio, T. (2015), “Minimum Wage Policy in Brazil and India and its Impact on Labour Market Inequality”, Working Paper Series, 02/2015, New Delhi/Sao Paulo, Institute for Human Development/Cebrap.

Barbosa, A. F., Cacciamali, M.C., Rodgers, G., Chakrabarty, T. et. al. (2014), “Comparative Analysis of Labour Market Inequality in Brazil and India: Concepts and Methods of Analysis”, Working Paper Series, 04/2014, Institute for Human Development and Cebrap, New Delhi and Sao Paulo.

Book Reviews:
Chakrabarty, Taniya (2014), “Poverty Amid Plenty in the New India” by Atul Kohli, Indian Journal of Human Development, Vol. 8, No.1, pp. 199-200.

Chakrabarty, Taniya (2013), “Industry, Labour and Society” by Sharit K. Bhowmik, Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 56, No. 1, pp. 154-56.

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