Workers' Libraries in Colonial Bombay

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A history of workers' libraries in colonial Bombay with historian Dr Arun Kumar

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Arun Kumar discusses an unusual theme of India’s labouring class history: workers’ libraries. The early 20th-century Bombay city was dotted with many peripatetic and ephemeral working-class libraries. Located in various labouring-class neighbourhoods, these libraries were founded to create an aware working-class and bring them into the ethos of industrial city life. Exploring the reports of these libraries, Arun explores how workers developed a taste for literacy and reading, and participated in these libraries as active agents. 

This talk is part of Arun's overall argument that the labouring castes in urban India did not just visualise themselves as performing labour. With education, the workers’ life experiences included book and pamphlet reading, aspirations for non-labouring jobs, educational plans for children.

Dr Arun Kumar is a historian of modern India with an interest in social, economic, education and labour history. He is an Assistant Professor of British Imperial and Colonial History at Nottingham University. His work explores different facets of working-class life histories including their aspirations, education, night-time histories, and childhood. He is currently working on his first book-project on working-class/caste education in modern India.

Image: from A Short History of the 'Empress Mills', Nagpur: Golden Jubilee (Bombay, 1927). [British Library Asia, Pacific & Africa V 24128]

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