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Light Skin and Soft Skills: Training Indigenous Migrants for the Hospitality Sector in India
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
Number of Authors: 22020 (English)In: Ethnos, ISSN 0014-1844, E-ISSN 1469-588X, Vol. 85, no 2, p. 258-275Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In a recruitment centre in Dimapur, Nagaland, indigenous youth are trained for employment as service personnel in luxury hotels, restaurants and airlines. Most of them are unemployed, seeking new future prospects outside the region and the harsh existence of subsistence agriculture. English language skills, a general cosmopolitan outlook and their fair complexion have proven key assets in securing work within the new hospitality industry. In this article, we deal with the activities at the recruitment centre itself, looking at the skill sets - the 'soft skills' - and habitus that the instructors try to instill in the participants to make them employable. We apply the notion of 'affective labour'. Such labour is all about care, or more precisely in this context, caring for customers. But care also has a wider resonance in the lives of the young migrants, that is, to care for the family, community and ancestral lands back home.

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2020. Vol. 85, no 2, p. 258-275
Keywords [en]
Indigenous youth, migration, hospitality work, affective labour, soft skills, race, Nagaland, India
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-179477DOI: 10.1080/00141844.2018.1543717ISI: 000512641200005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-179477DiVA, id: diva2:1413716
Available from: 2020-03-11 Created: 2020-03-11 Last updated: 2022-03-23Bibliographically approved

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