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Unpacking Globalization examines the experiences of people living with the forces that are transforming economic systems, culture, gender relationships, and governance. The book offers an interdisciplinary analysis of the well-being of women and men as they cope with the changes of globalization. Several themes emerge through theory, case studies, and data, indicating that from the household to the continental level, change is leading to new awareness and new survival strategies for both women and men. The contributors to the volume come from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. They present analyses of global changes and historical background from diverse perspectives and offer case studies on social security, gender, and macroeconomy, employing feminist theory as well as detailing the experiences of current and future women entrepreneurs. An exciting interdisciplinary text, Unpacking Globalization can supplement women's studies, anthropology, sociology, and economic development courses.

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Editorial Reviews

Stephanie Seguino
This book provides a vibrant portrait that demonstrates the variety of ways daily life has and is changing across the globe under the new economic rules of the game known as globalization. The achievement of this book is that it gives readers a front row seat to observe the ways that women in diverse circumstances cope, adapt, and strategize in response to and in resistance to a new macroeconomic regime. Detailed accounts such as these are precisely what are needed as policymakers and academics work to formulate remedies to offset the negative impacts of globalization.
Vol. 45 No. 6 (February 2008) CHOICE
Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduate through professional collections.
Kenneth P. Jameson
Anyone concerned with the complex effects of the contemporary weakening of national borders, "globalization," will surely find much of interest in this collection's 28 chapters. We should all stand in awe at the creativity and resourcefulness of men and women confronting such profound changes, whose gender dimensions are carefully examined in each of the studies of the book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739121580
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 333
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda E. Lucas, PhD, is Professor of Economics at Eckerd College.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables     ix
List of Figures     xiii
Foreword     xv
Acknowledgments     xvii
Gender Perspectives on Economics, Solidarity and Survival
Unpacking Globalization: Markets, Gender and Work   Linda E. Lucas     3
Gender, the Economy and the Workplace: Issues for the Women's Movement   Margaret Snyder     11
Countergeographies of Globalization: The Feminization of Survival   Saskia Sassen     21
Globalization, Structural Adjustment and Women's Transnational Solidarities   Manisha Desai     35
Engendering Human Security: Intersections of Security, Globalization and Gender   Kristen Timothy     47
Sub-Saharan Africa: Globalization, Trade Liberalization and Impact on the Lives of the Poor   Ngila Mwase     59
Sustainability of Rural Communities in a Global Perspective: Limitations and Opportunities   Marta B. Chiappe   Emma Zapata Martelo     71
Shifting Realities: Women and Men Moving in the Economy
Gender and Work in Malaysia: Forces behind the Work Patterns   Noor Rahamah Hj. Abu Bakar     87
Locating Women: Structure and Work in the Ugandan Macroeconomy   Linda E. Lucas     101
Inquiries into Women's Perceptions of What Constitutes Their Well-Being   AkelloZerupa     117
Urban Employment for Rural Women-Gains and Challenges   Mahua Mukherjee     127
Family Responsibilities: The Politics of Love and Care   Meg Luxton     131
Social Security of Elderly Women and Men in Burkina Faso   Claudia Roth   Fatoumata Badini-Kinda     145
Traditional Female Sex Workers of Rajasthan, India: An Ethnographic Study of the Nat Community   Ramesh Chand Swarankar     155
Gendering the Economy: Some Experiments from the Indian Sub-Continent   Sakuntala Narasimhan     167
Women as Wealth Creators and Managers in Uganda   Margaret Kigozi     175
Has Affirmative Action Reached South African Women?   Vannie Naidoo     177
Engendering the World of Commerce
Re-thinking Organizational Theory from a Feminist Perspective   Ronit Kark     191
"Translating Empowerment": Swedish Immigrant Women and State Sponsored Employment Projects   Lena Sawyer     205
The Empowerment of Women and Productive Backyard Projects in Mexico   Esperanza Tunon Pablos     215
Mainstreaming Gender into NGO Work: A Case Study from Nigeria   Patricia Daniel     225
Rethinking Female Entrepreneurship Discourse: The Perilous Problems of Cultural Mythicizing in a Globalizing Society    Julius Kikooma     239
Women Entrepreneurs: A Challenge to a Gendered Economy   Elsje Dijkgraaff     253
Out of the House: Entrepreneurship, Savings and Networking as Empowerment
Women in Business Networks   Catherine Komugisha Tindiwensi     259
Women's Entrepreneurship: The Empowerment of Women Through Enterprise Development Training   Angela Beigaruraho Bazaare   Juliet Nazziwa Musoke     269
Empowerment of Women Through Credit Facilities: A Case of FINCA in Jinja District, Uganda   Harriet Muwanika Kiwemba     279
Possibilities for Saving Money? Female Slum Dwellers in Bangalore   Signe Ekenberg     295
Analysis of Factors Influencing the Survival of Women's Economic Groups in Tanzania   Aurelia N. Kamuzora   Faustin R Kamuzora     307
Index     321
About the Editor     329
About the Contributors     329
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