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lecture 17 - Women,Culture,andSociety...

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Women, Culture, and Society Professor Yana V. Rodgers Class 17
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Women, Culture, and Society Class 17 Women’s Paid Work in the Global Workforce: Globalization, Production, and Gender
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Organization 1. Introductory remarks about the global production chain 2. Home-based workers 3. Book’s methodology and contribution 4. The push-pull framework 5. Concluding remarks
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The global production chain 1. In a globalized economy, production chains can be  complex Large number of suppliers for particular buyers Single supplier produces for a number of buyers and be  subject to different labor standards 1. Extent to which suppliers comply with labor standards  depends on their location, size, employment conditions,  and their positions in the global production chain 2. Global sourcing:  a large part of what we consume has  been partly or wholly produced in more than one country  around the world.
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The global production chain 1. Global competition in labor-intensive export production has led  developing country producers to promote themselves on basis of  low labor costs Contributes to poor working conditions, insecure employment,  and low pay Women particularly vulnerable to these problems b/c they are  disproportionately represented in these sectors.  It is believed  they have “nimble fingers,” are less likely to organize, and are  more fearful of bargaining for higher wages or better  conditions. 1. Globalization has helped counter this force through information  flows, NGO organizing and agency, and consumer campaigns 2. Global production systems emphasize short-term orders, flexible  work, and mandatory overtime to meet orders.
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Home-based workers Gender Dynamics of Subcontracted Work in a Global Economy. Volume edited by Radhika Balakrishnan, the new executive 
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