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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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Conclusion: Moving Women, Moving Selves

Conclusion: Moving Women, Moving Selves

(p.198) 9 Conclusion: Moving Women, Moving Selves
Khmer Women on the Move

Annuska Derks

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter discusses how women's migration to and employment in the city is closely linked to the recent industrialization and expansion of services that occurred in Cambodia after 1993. New opportunities for employment are centered in Phnom Penh, where garment factories appeared following the country's adoption of attractive investment regulations, where the sex business grew to serve both local and foreign visitors, and where the markets and street trading contribute to the city's colorful street scene. While the employment opportunities in these sectors are influenced by national policies and forces of globalization, they are at the same time shaped by the women working in them and by their social relationships. Their aspirations to work in the city are strengthened by their “modern” expectations and mediated through the family, the village, and peer networks.

Keywords:   female migration, female employment, industrialization, Phnom Penh, garment factories, sex business, street trading

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