Homeworkers in Global Perspective: Invisible No More

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Homeworkers in Global Perspective documents the lives of homeworkers, exploring state policies towards them, and describing the innovative ways in which homeworkers organize. Moving away from well-known, already explored cases, the essays focus on less-known but equally compelling examples organize, and covers the major geographic regions of the world and illustrates the diversity of home-based work and homeworker organizing.

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Overview

Homeworkers in Global Perspective documents the lives of homeworkers, exploring state policies towards them, and describing the innovative ways in which homeworkers organize. Moving away from well-known, already explored cases, the essays focus on less-known but equally compelling examples organize, and covers the major geographic regions of the world and illustrates the diversity of home-based work and homeworker organizing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415910071
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Eileen Boris is Associate Professor of History at Howard University. Elisabeth Prugl is Assistant Professor of International Relations, Florida International University, Miami.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 Overview
1 Introduction 3
2 Sexual Divisions, Gender Constructions: The Historical Meaning of Homework in Western Europe and the United States 19
3 Home-Based Producers in Development Discourse 39
Pt. 2 The Homework Experience: Housewives, Mothers, and Workers
4 Space, Gender, and Work: Home-Based Workers in Mexico 63
5 Within the Walls: Home-Based Work in Lahore 81
6 "Good Housewives": Seamstresses in the Brazilian Garment Industry 93
7 "Bibi Khanum": Carpet Weavers and Gender Ideology in Iran 111
8 Home-Based Work as a Rural Survival Strategy: A Central Javanese Perspective 129
9 Finland Is Another World: The Gendered Time of Homework 143
Illustrations 167
Pt. 3 Divergent Responses: State Policies and Homeworker Organizing
10 Making Cadillacs and Buicks for General Motors: Homework as Rural Development in the Midwestern United States 179
11 Biases in Labor Law: A Critique from the Standpoint of Home-Based Workers 203
12 "Feminization Through Flexible Labor": The Political Economy of Home-Based Work in India 219
13 Organizing Homeworkers into Unions: The Homeworkers' Association of Toronto, Canada 239
14 Women's Empowerment in the Making: The Philippine Bid for Social Protection 259
15 Making Links: The Growth of Homeworker Networks 273
Bibliography 291
Index 313
Contributors 325
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