Women Workers and Global Restructuring

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Kathryn B. Ward
Cornell University Press, 1990 - Business & Economics - 258 pages
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Since economists traditionally focus on market activities, women's non-wage labour has not been registered in works on economic development. On the other hand, women's wage labour has been described as supplementary or marginal to the household income as well as to economic development as a whole. The contributors to this collection did their research on women workers in countries from the core, the semiperiphery, and the periphery. The eight articles are introduced by Kathryn Ward, who presents a critical overview of the literature on women workers and globalization. In Ward's opinion we have to develop new definitions for some key concepts in our theories on women and work. These concepts should aim at including housework and work in the informal sector, and women's various acts of resistance. Ward also suggests new perspectives from which we should theorize about women's work in the process of global restructuring.
 

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Contents

Factory
25
Womens Formal and Informal Work in the Garment
64
ExportLed Development and the Underemployment
85
Womens Work and Womens Place in the Japanese Economic
113
Contradictions in Sex Race
149
The Muting
179
A New Category of Workers? 793
193
References
225
Contributors
249
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