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Seeking to extend our understanding of the contemporary global political economy, this book provides an important and original introduction to the current theoretical debates about social reproduction and argues for the necessity of linking social reproduction to specific contexts of power and production.
It illustrates the analytic value of the concept of social reproduction through a series of case studies that examine the implications of how labor power is reproduced and how lives outside of work are lived. The issues examined in countries including the Ukraine, Chile, Spain, Nepal, India and Indonesia, consist of:
- Human trafficking and sex work
- Women and work
- Migration, labor and gender inequality
- Micro-credit programs and investing in women
- Health, biological reproduction and assisted reproductive technologies
The book lends a unique perspective to the understandings of transformation in the global political economy precisely because of its simultaneous focus on the caring and provisioning of the everyday and its relationships to policies and decisions made at the national and international levels of both formal and informal institutions.
With its multi-disciplinary approach, this book will be indispensable to students and scholars of International Political Economy, Development Studies, Gender or Women’s Studies, International Studies, Globalization and International Relations.
About the Author
Isabella Bakker is Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada.
Rachel Silvey is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Programme in Planning at the University of Toronto, Canada.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations xi
List of contributors xii
Preface and acknowledgments xv
List of abbreviations xvii
Introduction.: social reproduction and global transformations - from the everyday to the global Isabella Barker Rachel Silvey 1
Part I Social reproduction and economic governance 17
1 New constitutionalism and social reproduction Isabella Barker Stephen Gill 19
2 Towards globalization with a human face: engendering policy coherence for development Maria Floro Hella Hoppe 34
Part II Social reproduction and marketization 53
3 Global integration of subsistence economies and women's empowerment: an experience from Nepal Meena Acharya 55
4 Limits to empowerment: women in microcredit programs, south India Lakshmi Lingam 72
Part III Social reproduction and transnational migrations 91
5 States, work and social reproduction through the lens of migrant experience: Ecuadorian domestic workers in Madrid Gioconda Herrera 93
6 Managing migration: reproducing gendered insecurity at the Indonesian border Rachel Silvey 108
7 Human trafficking as the shadow of globalization: a new challenge for Ukraine Olga Pyshchulina 122
Part IV Social reproduction, health, and biological reproduction 141
8 Reproduction, re-reform and the reconfigured state: feminists and ueoliberal health reforms in Chile Christina Ewig 143
9 Working women, the biological clock, and assisted reproductive technologies Wendy Chavkin 159
Afterword Pregs Govender 170