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Fashioning Inequality

The Multinational Company and Gendered Employment in a Globalizing World

Juanita Elias

Ashgate 2004 214 s. ISBN 0 7546 3698 4
Bogomtale fra forlaget.

Studying the impact of gender relations on the operations of multinational firms, this original book focuses on the production of gendered workplace relations through company recruitment practices. Through this analysis, the author critiques the notion of the 'progressive firm' that has dominated liberal writings on economic globalization. Juanita Elias develops a theoretical challenge to mainstream liberal writings on the multinational firm, questioning the neo-liberal orthodoxy, in particular the belief that the market, as a separate sphere from society, acts to undermine 'backward' social practices and ideas. An analysis of case study material from a garment sector firm operating in Malaysia reveals how the construction of gendered workplace relations takes place at the intersections between global firms, local societies and state-led economic development strategies that have depended upon a supply of low cost female labour. Drawing upon theoretical insights from both feminist economists and economic sociologists, the book demonstrates that social inequalities are integral to the way in which markets operate.

Introduction; Liberal IPE and the idea of the progressive firm; Feminist IPE and the political economy of foreign direct investment; FDI and the political economy of Malaysian development; Moving offshore: the case study firm in the context of the UK garment sector; Recruitment and employment in the Malaysian subsidiary: understanding how the gender and ethnic division of labour operates; Company recruitment practices and the impact of FDI; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.