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Global Women's Work

Perspectives on Gender and Work in the Global Economy, 1st Edition

Edited by Beth English, Mary E. Frederickson, Olga Sanmiguel-Valderrama


396 pages | 18 B/W Illus.

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This volume considers how women are shaping the global economic landscape through labour, activism, and multiple discourses about work. Bringing together an interdisciplinary group of international scholars, the book offers a gendered examination of work in the global economy and analyses the effects of the 2008 downturn on women’s labour force participation and workplace activism.

The book addresses three key themes: exploitation versus opportunity; women’s agency within the context of changing economic options; and women’s negotiations and re-negotiations of unpaid social reproductive labour. This uniquely interdisciplinary and comparative analysis will be crucial reading for anyone with an interest in gender and the post-crisis world.


"This compelling collection explores how social provisioning processes have been affected by changes in the political economy following global financial crisis, especially tensions between the feminization of labor under neoliberalism and socially conservative authoritarian nationalism. Engrossing accounts of women’s collective agency in negotiating this new terrain will be relevant for scholars and students across many disciplines."

- Ellen Mutari, Professor of Economics, Stockton University, USA

“Fascinating economic perspectives on 16 developed and developing countries […] I find particularly important the evidence of a reinvigorated alliance between conservative traditionalism regarding the family and marginalisation of women in the economy, in countries as diverse as the US, Russia and Iran.”

- Frances Raday, President, Concord Research Center for Integration of International Law in Israel, The Haim Striks School of Law, COLMAN; Special Rapporteur, UN Human Rights Council, Expert Group on Discrimination against Women

Table of Contents

Introduction: Perspectives on Gender and Work in the Global Economy Beth English, Mary E. Frederickson, and Olga Sanmiguel-Valderrama Part I. Women’s Agency Introduction 1. Eileen Boris, “Recognizing the Home Workplace: Making Workers through Global Labor Standards” 2. Xiaodan Zhang, “Empowerment Revisited: Capitalist Development and Women Workers in China’s Reform Era” 3. Anne Marie Ejdesgaard Jeppesen, “Poor Peasant Women’s Agency in Bolivia: The Movement of the Bartolina Sisa” 4. João Paulo Candia Veiga and Katiuscia Moreno Galhera, “Women’s Work in Transition: The Case of Entrepreneurial Bolivian Women in Brazil’s Apparel Sector” 5. Gabriella Berloffa, Eleonora Matteazzi, and Paola Villa, “Gender Equality in the European Employment Strategy Esra Sarioglu, “From Sister to Co-Worker: New Patterns of Feminization of Labor in Turkey’s Service Sector” 6. Esra Sarioglu, “From Sister to Co-Worker: New Patterns of Feminization of Labor in Turkey’s Service Sector” 7. Brigid O’Farrell, “Global Women Workers: A View from the United States” Part II. Exploitation vs. Opportunity Introduction 8. Carol Nechemias, “Women in the Russian Labor Force: A Retreat from Equality?” 9. Georgina Rojas-García and Mónica Patricia Toledo González, “Working Poor in Mexico Facing Another Crisis: Domestic Workers, Structural Disadvantages, and the 2008 Recession” 10. Kelly Pike, “Women’s Work in Kenya’s Athi River EPZ: Opportunity or Exploitation?” 11. Heba Nasssar, “Women and Trade Liberalization in Egypt” 12. Alessandra L. González, “Women’s University Attainment and Labor Force Participation in Gulf Cooperation Council Countries” 13. Valentine M. Moghadam, “The Politics of Women and Work in Iran” Part III. Negotiations of Social and Reproductive Labor Introduction 14. Meena Gopal, “Change and Status Quo in Home Based Industry in India: Women Beedi Workers Confront Shifts in the Organization of Labor and Capital 15. Ivis Garcia Zambrana and Maura I. Toro-Morn, “Mexican and Puerto Rican Women in Chicago: A Gendered Analysis of the 2008 Recession” 16. Erika Kispeter, “The Economic Crisis and Women’s Part-Time Work in Hungary” 17. Ursula Barry, “Gender, Austerity, and Economic Crisis: A Perspective on EU and Ireland” 18. Anita Nyberg, “From Kick-Start to U-Turn? Gender Equality in Sweden” Biographies of Contributors Index

About the Editors

Beth English is a research associate and Director of the Project on Women in the Global Community at the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Mary E. Frederickson is currently Visiting Professor at Emory University, where she has appointments in the Rollins School of Public Health and the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, and Professor of History Emeritus at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, where she taught from 1988-2015.

Olga Sanmiguel-Valderrama is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati.

About the Series

Routledge IAFFE Advances in Feminist Economics

The International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) aims to increase the visibility and range of economic research on gender; facilitate communication among scholars, policymakers, and activists concerned with women's wellbeing and empowerment; promote discussions among policy makers about interventions which serve women's needs; educate economists, policymakers, and the general public about feminist perspectives on economic issues; foster feminist evaluations of economics as a discipline; expose the gender blindness characteristic of much social science and the ways in which this impoverishes all research - even research that does not explicitly concern women’s issues; help expand opportunities for women, especially women from underrepresented groups, within economics; and, encourage the inclusion of feminist perspectives in the teaching of economics.

The IAFFE book series pursues the aims of the organization by providing a forum in which scholars have space to develop their ideas at length and in detail. The series exemplifies the value of feminist research and the high standard of IAFFE-sponsored scholarship.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies