Fast Forward: Work, Gender, and Protest in a Changing World

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2001 - Business & Economics - 301 pages
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This innovative, global feminist analysis of work and politics examines the diverse problems and related protests of women and men who labor to make ends meet in a rapidly-changing world. Using vivid examples from around the world, it reveals how "globalization" is reshaping social institutions and lives. Fast Forward explores how businesses and states reshaped and redistributed work around the world during the last 30 years of "globalization," often with adverse consequences. Within this fast-moving context, laboring people today engage in work outside of formal employment, try to obtain survival resources, mount a diverse array of often women-centered protests against firms and states, and try on their own terms to reinvent work and democratic political practices. Portraying the human face of global change, Fast Forward shows how overlapping social movements wrestle with economic and political marginalization, and initiate highly diverse, but related attempts to change the way the world works."
  

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Contents

An Introduction to Work Gender and Protest
3
WORKER HOUSEHOLDS BUSINESSES AND STATES
21
The Meaning of Work
23
The Changing World of Work
36
The Redistribution and Reorganization of Work in the Core
49
The Submerging Periphery
82
Reverses in the Semiperiphery
114
Welfare States Cut Worker Benefits
138
CHANGE AND PROTEST
203
Institutional Struggles Female and Male Workers Challenge Business
205
Institutional Struggles Workers Challenge States
224
Diversifying Struggles Redefining Work and Society
252
CONCLUSION
273
Fast Forward
275
Selected Bibliography
291
Index
295

THE CHANGING GROUND FOR WORKING HOUSEHOLDS
159
Households Class Transformations and the Emergence of WomenCentered Labor Movements
161
The Degradation of Social and Natural Work Environments
186
About the Authors
303
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Torry Dickinson is associate professor of women's studies at Kansas State University. Robert Schaeffer is associate professor of sociology at Kansas State University.

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