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Anu Sabhlok

This chapter follows the seasonal journeys of migrant laborers in India. It pays particular attention to the pains and pleasures experienced by their laboring bodies. Retaining an emphasis on embodied experiences, the author discusses how these are constituted based on the laborers’ gender, caste and regional identity. The author argues for the need to incorporate the migrant journey into studies of migration moving beyond the sole focus on source and destination points. The seasonality and circularity of the journey is an important aspect of the migrant experience. The narratives of circular migrants have a lot to tell us about uneven development and socio-cultural differences within India and how these spatial disparities and diversities affect the material body of the laborer.