Globalization, Workspace Transformation and Informal Workers: A Reversal of Gender Roles

  • Sonia George


Global restructuring process aggravated informalization of labour leading to multiple labour subjectivities and exploitations where women are the most affected. The possibility of bringing out gender as a key factor in the conceptualizations of labour and the informal sector in the era of globalization is explored in this paper. One of the main propositions here is that gender, restructuring of the economy and the informal sector are three significant realms where the present debates on labour could focus. Feminization of labour instigates new forms of labour and working conditions. The argument here is that such a new categorization of production and work relations is now integrally linked with the reality of existence and survival. The paradigm shifts in the labour arena—informalization and feminization—give varieties of interpretations to the meaning of labour and economy. Locating gender as a significant element in the labour discourse in a post-structuralist frame is attempted in this paper. This methodology follows exploration of the contradictions and complexities of living gender beyond the analysis of the economic structures. The approach in this paper is not to delink labour from its materialist dynamics, but to locate materialism within the ‘life-worlds’ of the workers.


Globalization Gender Informality Global restructuring Feminization Informalization 


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  • Sonia George
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  1. 1.Centre for Women’s Development StudiesNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.SEWA-UnionThiruvananthapuramIndia

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