Gender and the New Global Division of Labour
Work, Organisation, Labour and Globalisation
Volume 6, No. 1 Spring 2012

Edited by Ursula Huws, Professor of Labour and Globalisation, University of Hertfordshire

The new global division of labour is bringing about huge changes in who does what work, how, when and where. But this dynamic new landscape is shaped by some very old forces. The gender division of labour in the home still, directly or indirectly, plays a dominant role in determining the very different positions of women and men in this new global labour market, although it faces multiple new stresses in a context of rising female employment and mass migration: clashes between traditional and modern values; shifting boundaries between work that is paid and unpaid, formal and informal; and a situation where the time pressures of one group of women may only be resolved through the 'grey' labour of others, often migrants. Drawing on research in Asia, Africa, Europe and America, this issue explores and analyses some of these dilemmas and describes how women are addressing them in their daily lives, in the process raising new questions for future research.

The reproduction of difference: gender and the new global division of labour by Ursula Huws
Unpaid work, capital and coercion by Norene Pupo and Ann Duffy
The feminised service sector: from micro to macro analysis by Babs Grossman
Trading on gender: the perversity of Asian labour exports as an economic development strategy by Stuart Rosewarne
Comparative case studies on the contemporary diffusion of informal employment in Western Europe by Elisabetta Pernigotti
The interplay of gender, work and family in Portuguese families by Marisa Matias, Cláudia Andrade and Anne Marie Fontaine
'Even though I work, I am not a whore': women working in Zanzibar by Thembi Mutch
Is a widening gender wage gap necessarily caused by a glass ceiling? a case study from Uganda by Irene van Staveren
Gender, Globalisation and Empowerment: A study of women who work in Sri Lanka's Export Processing Zones by Peter Hancock, Sharon Middleton and Jamie Moore


Paperback 152 pages

Published March 2012