Women, Work and Exploitation: A Binary Perspective

  • Zakir HusainEmail author
  • Mousumi Dutta
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Sociology book series (BRIEFSSOCY)


In developing countries, policy makers commonly argue that involving women in paid economic activities is possibly the ‘best’ way of integrating women in development. This argument ignores the fact that the relations through which women are incorporated into the development process is crucial to understanding whether women’s ability to shape and share values in the community is enhanced or inhibited. Pioneering empirical studies by Marxist researchers bring out this point, and are reviewed in this chapter to show how capitalism and patriarchy are interlinked and perpetually reinforce each other to subordinate women workers.


Capitalism Patriarchy Export-based industries 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Humanities and Social SciencesIndian Institute of Technology KharagpurKharagpurIndia
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsPresidency UniversityKolkataIndia

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