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Gender and Globalization in Asia and the PacificMethod, Practice, Theory$
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Kathy E. Ferguson and Monique Mironesco

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831592

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831592.001.0001

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The Technologizing of Work and the Gendering of Labor

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Gender and Globalization in Asia and the Pacific

Vivian Price

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the development discourses and the political economy of globalization as they interface with women construction workers in India and with the movement of construction workers to organize the informal sector. The main actors in this story are international corporations, government agencies, unions, women's groups, and environmental NGOs. Unions and NGOs have pushed through legislation to try to regulate construction work, challenging the ideology of the free market. Some organizations are experimenting with skill training as a way for women to continue to work in construction, while others are protesting the extent of mechanization and lack of thought given to appropriate technology and sustainable development.

Keywords:   development discourses, globalization, women construction workers, India, political economy, mechanization

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