Hidden Assembly Line: Gender Dynamics of Subcontracted Work in a Global Economy

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-11-30
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner
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* Looks at the economic trends impacting Asian women and subcontracted labor, illuminating the lives of the millions of women struggling in low-wage jobs * Presents case studies from Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and India * Provides examples of strategic responses from NGOs, unions, and activists The Hidden Assembly Linestudies the impact of subcontracted work in different national settings, linking it to the global economy and to changes in women's financial security and work opportunities. The contributors debate the implications for women's empowerment and for the changing social relations of production. This book contains clear, practical information for scholars, students and researchers interested in women's roles regarding economic development and the globalization of the world economy.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Subcontracting: The Push-Pull Factorp. 15
Subcontracted Work and Gender Relations: The Case of Pakistanp. 35
Women Subcontracted Workers in Sri Lankap. 63
The View from Below: Impact of the Financial Crisis on Subcontracted Workers in the Philippinesp. 87
Subcontracted Women Workers in the Garment Industry in Indiap. 115
About the Contributorsp. 145
Indexp. 149
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