Unpacking Globalization examines the experiences of people living with the forces that are transforming economic systems, culture, gender relationships and governance. The book offers interdisciplinary analysis of the well-being of women and men as they cope with the changes of globalization. Through theory, case studies, and data, several themes emerge 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 analysis of global changes and historical background from diverse perspectives and offer case studies on social security, gender, and macroeconomy. They employ feminist theory as well as detail 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.
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.
Part 1 Unpacking Globalization: Markets, Gender & Work Chapter 2 Unpacking Globalization: Markets, Gender & Work Chapter 3 Gender, the Economy and the Workplace: Issues for the Women's Movement Chapter 4 Counter-geographies of Globalization: The Feminization of Survival Chapter 5 Globalization, Structural Adjustment and Women's Transnational Solidarities Chapter 6 Engendering Human Security: Intersections of Security, Globalization, and Gender Part 7 Shifting Realities: Women and Men Moving in the Economy Chapter 8 Sub-Saharan Africa: Globalization, Trade Liberalization, and Impact on the Lives of the Poor Chapter 9 Sustainability of Rural Communities in a Global Perspective: Limitations and Opportunities Chapter 10 Gender and Work in Malaysia: Forces Behind the Work Patterns Chapter 11 Locating Women: Structure and Work in the Ugandan Macroeconomy Chapter 12 Inquiries into Women's Perceptions of What Constitutes Their Well-being Chapter 13 Urban Employment for Rural Women: Gains and Challenges Chapter 14 Family Responsibilities: The Politics of Love and Care Chapter 15 Social Security of Elderly Women and Men in Burkina Faso Chapter 16 Traditional Female Sex Workers of Rajasthan, India: An Ethnographic Study of the Nat Community Chapter 17 Gendering the Economy: Some Experiments from the Indian Subcontinent Chapter 18 Women as Wealth Creators and Managers in Uganda Part 19 Engendering the World of Commerce Chapter 20 Has Affirmative Action Reached South African Women? Chapter 21 Rethinking Organizational Theory from a Feminist Perspective Chapter 22 "Translating Empowerment:" Swedish Immigrant Women and State Sponsored Employment Project Chapter 23 The Empowerment of Women and Productive Backyard Projects in Mexico Chapter 24 Mainstreaming Gender into NGO Work: A Case Study from Nigeria Chapter 25 Rethinking Female Entrepreneurship Discourse: The Perilous Problems of Cultural Mythicizing in a Globalizing Society Part 26 Entrepreneurship, Savings, and Networking as Empowerment Chapter 27 Women Entrepreneurs: A Challenge to a Gendered Economy Chapter 28 Women in Business Networks Chapter 29 Women's Entrepreneurship: The Empowerment of Women through Enterprise Development Training Chapter 30 Empowerment of Women through Credit Facilities: A Case of FINCA in Jinja District, Uganda Chapter 31 Possibilities for Saving Money? The Case of Female Slum Dwellers in a Bangalore Slum Chapter 32 Analysis of Factors Influencing the Survival of Women's Economic Groups in Tanzania