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Khmer Women on the MoveExploring Work and Life in Urban Cambodia$
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Annuska Derks

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831288

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831288.001.0001

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Factory Work

Factory Work

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Khmer Women on the Move

Annuska Derks

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter explores how the expansion of the garment industry has propelled Cambodia's integration into the global economy and stimulated the integration of rural women into the predominantly urban, industrial workforce. Far from seeing themselves as victims of economic constraints, these women regard their employment in the garment industry as a way to gain new experiences while working and living with other young women. However, finding a job depends on networks, ksae, or funds. This explains the relatively high degree of tolerance for long working hours, low wages, and factory hierarchies, which allow factory workers little opportunity to move up. As a result, while most women prefer to remain within the confines of the relative protection of factory walls, some also look for an alternative in the world of glamour and sex.

Keywords:   garment industry, global economy, rural women, industrial workforce, economic constraints, factory work

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