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Bangladeshi Women Workers and Labour Market Decisions: The Power to Choose

Naila Kabeer (Author)
Synopsis In this path-breaking study, social economist Naila Kabeer examines the lives of Bangladeshi garment workers to shed light on the question of what constitutes ‘fair’ competition in international trade. While Bangladesh is generally considered a poor, conservative Muslim country, with a long tradition of female seclusion, women here have entered factories to take their place as a prominent, first generation, industrial labour force. In Britain, on the other hand, a supposedly modern and secular society with a long tradition of female employment, Bangladeshi women are largely concentrated in home-based piecework for the garment industry. This book draws on testimonies from both groups concerning their experiences at work and the impact these have on their lives generally to explain such paradoxes. Kabeer argues that any attempt to devise acceptable labour standards at the international level which takes no account of the forces of inclusion and exclusion within local labour markets is likely to represent the interests of powerful losers in the international trade at the expense of weak winners.
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About the author

Naila Kabeer

Naila Kabeer is Professorial Fellow at IDS and a member of the Poverty and social Policy Team. Her research interests include gender, population and poverty issues. Her recent books include The power to choose: Bangladeshi women and labour market decisions in London and Dhaka and Mainstreaming gender equality in poverty eradication and the Millennium Development Goals.

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Title Bangladeshi Women Workers and Labour Market Decisions: The Power to Choose
Author Naila Kabeer
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178290758
length xvi+464p., Appendix; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.