Marginalization of the Informal sector workers in the era of information economic system from the lens of recruiters: A case of Dhaka city, Bangladesh


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In the information economy, researchers analysed the changing character of the labour market and the restructured economy to investigate why informal workers are adversely regarded and not employed as employees in the majority of situations using a double lens, i.e. blaming the victim and blaming the system. Wilson’s (1994) research on the state of black men and women joblessness in America's inner cities discovered that, in the opinion of metropolitan city employers, black informal laborers are less attractive as employees, the extent to which this view is influenced by prejudice as well as objective evaluation of worker qualifications (soft skills and hard skills) and thus so many are hesitant to recruit them. Employers regularly expressed worry about candidates' living place, language abilities and educational background and other forms of capitals. Using the research lens of Wilson (1994), this qualitative research provides a comprehensive knowledge of the employment vulnerability and marginalization of informal workers in the information society from the lens of recruiters in Dhaka City, Bangladesh. Considering the aims of present research, businessmen, industrialists, and formal sector recruiters were interviewed to get their perspectives, thoughts, and past experiences dealing with informal sector personnel to explore the true story of the marginalization of the informal workers. The findings suggested that, the less trained, less educated informal workers were not given enough opportunity to grow up and become ready for the present labour market, which further drove them into marginalization.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2022
EventHong Kong Sociological Association 23rd Annual Conference: Health and Wellbeing in (Post-) Pandemic Times - Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China
Duration: 3 Dec 20223 Dec 2022
Conference number: 23


ConferenceHong Kong Sociological Association 23rd Annual Conference
CityHong Kong
OtherAs an unprecedented public health crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic has become the focal concern of sociologists around the world. Globally, there have been over six hundred million confirmed cases, including over six million of deaths. Over the past few years, we have experienced the tremendous impacts brought by the pandemic on various domains of life. Apart from infected and death cases, we have seen a surge of mental health issues, suicides, domestic violence, as well as plummeting economic growth and escalating unemployment and poverty rates. Whether to embrace the “new normal” by easing public health and social distancing measures is a contentious issue as much among world leaders as ordinary citizens. From a sociological perspective, most impacts brought by the pandemic are believed to be structural and long lasting. As not everyone has equal access to vaccines, personal protective equipment, healthcare and other resources, health and social inequalities are expected to be worsening. There are also concerns about the lack of affordable childcare and technological equipment for attending online classes during pandemic times, which would have lingering effects on education, digital, and social inequalities across generations.

Against this background, this conference aims to address the pressing issues of health and wellbeing in pandemic and post-pandemic times from a sociological perspective. It provides a platform for scholars, students, and other stakeholders to discuss the implications of the pandemic for health and social inequalities among other issues. On that basis, participants will explore practical and policy responses to enhance health and wellbeing in the (post-)pandemic condition.
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  • Marginality
  • Informal Sector Workers
  • Information based economy
  • Employment vulnerability
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh


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