Journal article

Light Skin and Soft Skills: Training Indigenous Migrants for the Hospitality Sector in India

Dolly Kikon, Bengt Karlsson

Ethnos: journal of anthropology | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2020


In a recruitment centre in Dimapur, Nagaland, indigenous youth are trained for employment as service personnel in luxury hotels, restaurants and airlines. Most of them are unemployed, seeking new future prospects outside the region and the harsh existence of subsistence agriculture. English language skills, a general cosmopolitan outlook and their fair complexion have proven key assets in securing work within the new hospitality industry. In this article, we deal with the activities at the recruitment centre itself, looking at the skill sets – the ‘soft skills’ – and habitus that the instructors try to instill in the participants to make them employable. We apply the notion of ‘affective lab..

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