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The Ladies Tailor

Harini writes about how the Ladies Tailor is a species made extinct by the retail boom, at least in the metros. Now, like any good boy, I am pro-market, much as the liberterian bloggers think I am not. But, as I wrote earlier, for us to pretend that no cultural change is taking place, and worse, to not question what that implies, is really sad.
But then consumerism, and the attached -ism's of capitalism, globalisation and popular culture, are known to make you discourage you from thinking.







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-- Blogger Harini Calamur, 9/23/2005 10:18:00 AM

I think that it would be foolish to believe that economics has no impact on society and vice versa. economic change leads to societal change. There are no two ways about that. Your entire transit from a 'agrarian' society to an 'industrialised' one changed society drastically - whole occupations disappeared. completely new ones appeared. A form of rural, relatively self contained/interdependent society made way for 'animistic' urban living.

In mumbai, through the 70's and 80's, the entire economics of escalating land prices (supply of land was a lot less than the demand for it, led to collusion between the unions and the owners and the loss of livlihood for lakhs of mill workers. Those jobs don't exist anymore. They have made way for service jobs like waiters, or shop assistants - slightly more white collar in nature - definitely more service.
In parts of the world - the post man is going out of fashion.
An old lifestyle makes way for new.

Harini Calamur
calamur.org/gargi    



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