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Women, Globalization and Fragmentation in the Developing World

  • Haleh Afshar
  • Stephanie Barrientos

Part of the Women’s Studies at York Series book series (WSYS)

About this book


The process of globalization has had a dramatic impact on the lives of women in developing countries in the past decade. They have been increasingly drawn into insecure flexible employment working for the world market. The feminisation of the labour market has increased the burdens on women, and the inability of men to access full-time well-remunerated employment has exacerbated the process of male out-migration and has left many families headed by women. At the same time the reduction in state services and welfare has increased the burdens placed on women. Nevertheless the consequences of globalization have been different for different women in different places. In some circumstances it has created opportunities for greater empowerment, whilst in others it has stimulated a reaction and increased the subordination of women. This book explores the experiences of women in diverse local contexts within different cultures and faiths, drawing on case studies from Asia, Africa and Latin America. It draws out the contradictory and fragmented impact of globalization at the local level on the lives of women in the developing world.


education environment Familie feminism gender globalization labor market migration Nation politics service women

Editors and affiliations

  • Haleh Afshar
    • 1
  • Stephanie Barrientos
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PoliticsUniversity of YorkUK
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsUniversity of HertfordshireUK

About the editors

SYLVIA CHANT Reader in Geography, London School of Economics NOHA EL-MIKAWY Research Fellow, University of Er-langen COLETTE HARRIS currently working on her PhD, Institute of Development Research, Amsterdam University RACHEL KURIAN Senior Lecturer in International Labour Economics, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague JAHNAVI PHALKEY Research Fellow, Asiatic Society, Bombay DIANE PERRONS Lecturer in Geography, London School of Economics SHIRIN RAI Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Warwick INES SMYTH has a PhD in Social Anthropology, University College London SINTIKI TARFA Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology

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