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Globalization, Export-Oriented Employment and Social Policy

Ruth Pearson, Shahra Razavi og Caroline Danloy

Palgrave 2004, 272 s. ISBN 1403934851
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Gender and development theory and analysis is replete with implicit assumptions that women's entry into the world of paid work will positively affect their status both in the household and in the public sphere. Until recently the debate on global factories and export production has remained focused on women's individual experience of export employment- and the extent to which this represents a positive opportunity or gross exploitation. In spite of the extended discussion of rights and citizenship in the global economy, little attention has hitherto been paid to the implications for women's entitlements arising out of their pivotal role in export sectors. Whilst many assume that women's visible and crucial presence in key economic sectors will be reflected in the ways in which social policies are formulated, there has been up to now little empirical and analytical engagement with this question. This volume, bringing together detailed commissioned studies from six developing countries, aims to fill this gap.

Globalization, Export-Oriented Employment and Social Policy: Gendered Connections; S.Razavi & R.Pearson
Korea's Miracle and Crisis: What Was In It for Women?; H.Cho, A.Zammit, J.Chung, I-S.Kang
The Impact of Export-oriented Manufacturing on the Welfare Entitlements of Chinese Women Workers; D.Darvin
Globalisation, Export-Oriented Employment for Women and Social Policy: A case study of India; J.Ghosh
Gendering the Debate on the Welfare State in Mexico: Women's Employment and Welfare Entitlements in the Globalized Economy; V.Brachet-Márquez & O.de Oliveira
Globalization, Export Oriented Employment and Social Policy: The Case of Mauritius; S.Bunwaree
Reworking Apartheid Legacies: Global Competition, Gender, and Social Wages in South Africa, 1980-2000; G.Hart


Author Biographies

RUTH PEARSON has been a prominent scholar of women's changing role in the global economy for over twenty years. Her published work includes the path-breaking analysis of Nimble Fingers in export processing employment, as well as studies of export sectors in Latin America and Britain. She is an expert on gender and economic policy both in the international and the national spheres. Ruth Pearson is currently Professor of Development Studies at the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds in the UK.

SHAHRA RAZAVI is Research Coordinator at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) where she has coordinated research projects on a diverse range of topics within the field of gender and development. Her recent books include Gender Justice, Development and Rights (eds.) with Maxine Molyneux; Agrarian Change, Gender, and Land Rights (ed); Gender, Poverty, and Well-being (ed.); and Missionaries and Mandarins: Feminist Engagement with Development Institutions (eds.) with Carol Miller.

CAROLINE DANLOY is a Research Assistant at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva.