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, Dong-Sook S. Gills and Nicola Piper 2002, Women and Work in Globalising Asia, Routledge,London and New York
It is a pleasure to commend a book that fills a gap in what is rapidly becoming an overworked academic field. Before you sigh at yet another volume on globalisation, reflect for a moment on why it is that one half of the world’s population does two-thirds of the work yet commands less than 10 per cent of its wealth and, despite its growing participation in the world’s formal work force, suffers a declining share of political power. Around the world there are fewer women in democratic assemblies today than there were even twenty years ago. It is true that history has always been about his story rather than hers, but under conditions of globalisation women are being written out of the script with even greater determination, or so it seems, than before. Why should this be? Feminist perspectives on political economy, while slow and long in coming, have been with us for some time and calculations of the effective costs of economic progress borne by women through their unpaid domestic labour are part of common academic parlance. It is also the case that many readers on globalisation have obligatory token contributions by women and for women, usually located in the latter part of the anthologies. But it is hard to find a book, most definitely a thoroughly researched book, that puts women at the centre stage of the unfolding drama that is globalisation.
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