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Hidden Assembly Line

Radhika Balakrishnan
Price: $ 21.95

"The Hidden Assembly Line is a refreshing contribution to the growing debate about the changing nature of work in the global economy. Rather than home-workers been seen as marginal, at the edges of current economic change, they are place right at the center. Furthermore they are presented not only as key economic players but also as human beings whose quality of life is at stake. This in no way detracts from the theoretical and empirical quality of the analysis. The ease with which the narrative moves from macroeconomic analysis to the daily lives of real women is perhaps the book's greatest achievement". --Dr. Angela Hale Director, Women Working Worldwide, Institute of Global Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University

An exploration of how current globalizing economic trends impact on the lives of women workers in Asia, looking specifically at the dynamics and growth of subcontracted labor. The contributors explore the impact of subcontracted work in different national settings, making links to the global economy, and to household level changes in women¿s financial security and work opportunities. They present case studies from Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and India, and explore the implications for woman¿s empowerment and changing social relations of production. For scholars, students and researchers interested in women¿s roles in economic development and in a globalizing world economy.

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