Women, Men, and the International Division of Labor

Edited by June C. Nash & Maria P. Fernandez-Kelly

Subjects: Anthropology Of Work
Series: SUNY series in the Anthropology of Work
Paperback : 9780873956840, 486 pages, June 1984
Hardcover : 9780873956833, 486 pages, June 1984

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Table of contents


Part I. Global Accumulation and the Labor Process

1. The Impact of the Changing International Division of Labor on Different Sectors of the Labor Force

June  Nash

2. The New International Division of Labor and the U. S.Work Force: The Case of the Electronics Industry

Robert T. Snow

3. Capitalism, Imperialism, and Patriarchy: The Dilemma of Third-World Women Workers in Multinational Factories

Linda Y. C. Lim

Part II. Production, Reproduction, and the Household Economy

4. Women, Production, and Reproduction in Industrial Capitalism: A Comparison of Brazilian and U. S. Factory Workers

Helen I. Safa

5. Household, Community, National, and Multinational Industrial Development

Neuma Agular

6. Kitchens Hit by Priorities: Employed Working-Class Jamaican Women Confront the IMF

Lynn Bolles

7. The Domestic Clothing Workers in the Mexican Metropolis and Their Relation to Dependent Capitalism

José Antonio Alonso

Part III. Labor Flow and Capital Expansion

8. Labor Migration and the New Industrial Division of Labor

Saskia Sassen-Koob

9. Mexican Border Industrialization, Female Labor Force Participation, and Migration

María Patricia Fernández Kelly

10. Maquiladoras: A New Face of International Capitalism on Mexico's Northern Frontier

Jorge A. Bustamante

11. The Formation of an Ethnic Group: Colombian Female Workers in Venezuela

Magalit Berlin

Part IV. Case Studies in Electronics and Textiles

12. Silicon Valley's Women Workers: A Theoretical Analysis of Sex-Segregation in the Electronics Industry Labor Market

Susan S. Green

13. Fast Forward: The Internationalization of Silicon Valley

Naomi Katzand and David S. Kemnitzer

14. The Division of Labor in Electronics

John F. Keller

15. The Impact of Industrialization on Women: A Caribbean Case

Eve E. Abraham-Van Der Mark

16. The Emergence of Small-Scale Industry in A Taiwanese Rural Community

Hu Tai-Li

17. Women Textile Workers in the Militarization of Southeast Asia

Cynthia H. Enloe

18. Global Industries and Malay Peasants in Peninsular Malaysia

Aihwa Ong




The last few decades have witnessed a growing integration of the world system of production on the basis of a new relationship between less developed and highly industrialized countries. The effect is a geographical dispersion of the various production stages in the manufacturing process as the large corporations of industrialized "First World" countries are attracted by low labor costs, taxes, and relaxed production restrictions available in developing countries.

This collection of papers focuses on inequalities among different sectors of the labor force, particularly those related to gender, and how these are affected by the changing international division of labor.