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The Global Construction of Gender : Home-Based Work in the Political Economy of the 20th Century - Elisabeth Prugl

The Global Construction of Gender

Home-Based Work in the Political Economy of the 20th Century

Hardcover Published: 2nd September 1999
ISBN: 9780231115605
Number Of Pages: 224
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Gender constructions do not stop at state boundaries. Global understandings of masculinity and femininity can emerge out of the matrix of international politics. Proposing an innovative conception of global politics by de-emphasizing state actors and instead analyzing competing transnational discourses, The Global Construction of Gender focuses specifically on people who work at home for pay. Prugl explores the debates and rhetoric surrounding home-based workers that have taken place in global movements and multilateral organizations since the early 1900s in order to trace changing conceptions of gender over the course of this century. As Prugl relates, home-based workers, both urban and rural, engage in a broad array of activities: they "sew garments, embroider, make lace, roll cigarettes, weave carpets, peel shrimp, prepare food, polish plastic, process insurance claims, edit manuscripts, and assemble artificial flowers, umbrellas, and jewelry." These (mostly female) workers are widely recognized as underpaid and exploited.In investigating their plight, Prugl describes the rules that have separated home and work and, in the process, created a diverse array of distinctly gendered identities, including that of the working mother as a social problem, the wage-earning worker as a male breadwinner, the crafts-producing woman as the symbol of Third World nationhood, the woman micro-entrepreneur as the heroine of structural adjustment, and the new androgynous home-based consultant/freelancer/teleworker as the exemplary worker of a flexibly organized global economy.

An original and innovative analysis of how constructivisms ' rules approach can be relevant to research topics both in feminist studies and international relations.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Feminism, Constructivism, and the Global Politics of Home-Based Workp. 1
Motherly Women - Breadwinning Men: Industrial Homework and the Construction of Western Welfare Statesp. 25
Supplemental Earners and National Essence: Home-Based Crafts Producers and Nation-Building in Post-Colonial Statesp. 56
Marginal Survivors or Nurturant Entrepreneurs: Home-Based Workers in the Informal Sectorp. 79
Fordist Gender Rules at Issue: The Debate Over the ILO Home Work Conventionp. 100
Fordist Class Categories at Issue: Are Homeworkers Employees or Self-Employed?p. 121
Studying Global Politicsp. 143
ILO Convention Concerning Home Workp. 153
Notesp. 159
Bibliographyp. 199
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9780231115605
ISBN-10: 0231115601
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 2nd September 1999
Publisher: COLUMBIA UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.5