Rianka Roy

Ruth Braunstein: UConn Today

Check out UConn Today's recent article highlighting the work of Associate Professor of Sociology Ruth Braunstein and her Meanings of Democracy Lab. Please also join us in congratulation Graduate Student Rianka Roy and Undergraduate Student Nicholas Xenophontos, who each received one of the five $100 prizes in the Democracy Lab's "Meanings of 'America' Project." 

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“The public is always thinking about it whether they know it or not,” she says. “Our assumptions about what it means to be American are embedded in so many of our conversations about public policy. Who deserves access to public institutions and resources, whether we should allow certain religious groups to display their religious symbols in public, do you need to be a taxpayer to be a good American? There are so many ways this plays out in the background of our policy debates.”

Rianka Roy: Immigrant workers’ movements in the U.S.

Congratulations to Graduate Student Rianka Roy on her upcoming publication in the Sociology Compass, “Immigrant workers’ movements in the U.S.: Where are high-skilled ‘nonimmigrants?” The Sociology Compass is an international journal publishing peer-reviewed research articles and surveys of current research from across the entire discipline, with the aim of providing topical and significant research on a monthly basis. 

Rianka Roy: Precarious Privilege

Check out graduate student Rianka Roy's recent article in The European Legacy, "Precarious Privilege: Globalism, Digital Biopolitics, and Tech-Workers' Movements in India."

Abstract

This article focuses on Indian tech-workers’ views on labour and social movements in the context of precarity, digital globalism, and the neoliberal transformations of the culture and economy. Based on interviews of twenty information technology (IT) workers in India, conducted in 2018, I found that they inhabit the liminal spaces between precarity and privilege. I call it the precarity of liminality. This ambiguous status, combined with the assumption of white-collar prestige, prevents tech-workers from defending their labour rights. Indeed, even the trade unions formed exclusively for tech-workers are constrained by their members’ assumption of privilege. I hold that this is the case because the neoliberal market has transformed the local underpinnings of culture into a homogeneous simulacrum and codified performance, so that even the cultural diversity of these workers fails to resist their co-option into the global logic of labour and capital.

 

Roy, Rianka. 2021. "Precarious Privilege: Globalism, Digital Biopolitics and Tech-workers' Movements in India." The European Legacy 26(6). https://doi.org/10.1080/10848770.2021.1962641

Rianka Roy: Intersectional Feminism–Desi Style!

Read Sociology graduate student Rianka Roy’s recent article in Feminism In India, “When Work Comes Home: Pandemic Realities For Indian Women In Tech.” The article discusses how the recent pandemic COVID-19 has impacted women in the Indian tech industry who must also perform domestic labor.

 

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“For women, however, WFH has erased the liminal opportunities of autonomy—between domestic unwaged labor and waged labor at the workplace. Under ordinary circumstances they would extract a few hours or moments of leisure between work and home, but that possibility has diminished in the new arrangements.”