Intersection of globalization: The shipyard of Alang in Gujarat, India
In the course of globalization industrial locations in the so-called Third World come into existence. They become a focus for the migration of innumerable migrant workers. Densely populated places of the size of cities emerge, and their demography and social structures can hardly be described by the conventional models of ’culture´ or ’society´. Based on fieldwork in the biggest scrapping shipyard (or ’Shipbreaking Yard´) of India, which is internationally known for discussions about their workers´ and environmental protection, the author analyzes social and cultural dimensions of this ’migrant city´ of Alang (ca. 30 000 to 40 000 people). Focus of Ebner´s study are the contexts of diaspora, identity, and globalization. After a theoretical prelude Ebner discusses the shipyard (place, migrants, the business, and ethnographic methods), then the migrant city as a ’diaspora´ (nine characteristics of the ’migrant city´, time, colonial patterns...) followed by chapters depicting identity and order, and cycles (of ships, goods, rules, values, images, capital). The book also has appendices (interviewees, organization) and lists of sources.
Keywords: globalization, shipyards and globalization, migrant workers, workers and migration, identity of migrant workers, urban migrant agglomerations