Women, Work, and Globalization
Challenges and Opportunities
To Be Published October 28th 2013 by Routledge – 256 pages
To Be Published October 28th 2013 by Routledge – 256 pages
This book examines women, work, and family from a comparative worldwide perspective. Working allows women to earn an income, acquire new skills, and forge social connections. But, it also brings challenges such as simultaneously managing domestic responsibilities and family relationships. The implications of this global transformation are explored from an interdisciplinary perspective. The book highlights the commonalities of women’s experiences as well as the differences depending on their social class, education, and geographical location in both industrialized and developing countries. Practical implications are examined along with the consequences of these changes for men. Real life vignettes and case studies bring the topics to life. The book argues that despite policy reforms and rhetoric of equality, women still have unique experiences from men both at work and at home.
Women, Work and Globalization explores:
Key issues surrounding work and families from a global cross-cultural perspective.
The positives and negatives of more women in the global workforce.
The spread of women’s empowerment on changes in ideologies and behaviors in industrialized and developing countries.
Key literature from family studies, IO, sociology, anthropology, and economics.
The changing role of men in the global work-family arena.
The impact of sexual trafficking and exploitation, care labor, and transnational migration on women.
Best practices and policies that have benefited women, men, and their families.
Part 1 reviews the research on gender in the industrialized and developing world, global changes that pertain to women’s gender roles, women’s labor market participation, globalization, and the spread of the women’s movement. Issues that pertain to women in a globalized world including gender socialization, sexual trafficking and exploitation, labor migration and transnational motherhood, and the complexities entailed in care labor are explored in part 2. Programs and policies that have effectively assisted women are explored in part 3 including initiatives instituted by NGOs and governments in developing countries and programs that help women balance work and family in industrialized countries. The book concludes with suggestions for global policies that assist women balance work and family responsibilities while decreasing their vulnerabilities.
Intended as a supplemental text for advanced undergraduate and/or graduate courses in Women/Gender Issues, Work and Family, Gender and Families, Global/International Families, Family Diversity, Multicultural Families, and Urban Sociology taught in psychology, human development and family studies, gender and/or women’s studies, business, sociology, social work, political science, and anthropology, researchers, policy makers, and practitioners in these fields also appreciate this thought provoking book.
"Sherif-Trask has done a great job of pulling in research from a variety of disciplines … to provide a comprehensive look at the issue of family and work. She has gone beyond the traditional discourse of work-family issues in mainstream America to an examination of work within a global context. …This text would be great for classes on work and family, social work, women’s studies, and diversity. … Including the cross culture analysis and within culture comparisons is unique. … It is essential for students today to understand work and family from a global perspective in order to be effective in their chosen profession."—Sandra J. Bailey, Montana State University, USA
"I find the cross cultural approach to be especially well done. … I would adopt this book as a text for my Issues in Work and Family Class. … This book is … ideal for how I approach the subject matter and hopefully can be used in a variety of fields including human development and family studies, sociology, psychology, women studies, business, and even resource management from a global perspective."—Cynthia Schmiege, Unioversity of Idaho, USA
"An invaluable theoretical and research synthesis of the significant relationship between family, women’s and girl’s employment, and the processes of globalization … The … book would be very useful in undergraduate courses … focusing on the relationship between gender, employment, and family. … It … synthesizes much data and many diverse perspectives. It challenges western notions of proper family life with examples from developing countries." —Lynn Walter, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, USA
"The topic is very timely and the content is presented in a clear and interesting manner. …. I see this book as being valuable to both practitioners and students. … It sounds very interesting and I am already excited to have an opportunity to read it!"—Tara Newman, Stephen F. Austin State University, USA
"The project is unique. … I would definitely recommend it to my colleagues. … I am encouraged by the diversity of sources. … I … look forward to reading it."—Anisa M. Zvonkovic, Texas Tech University, USA
Part 1: An Overview of Gender, Work-Family Issues, and Global Restructuring 1. Perspectives on Women, Work-Family Life, and Global Transformations 2. Globalizing Forces: Neo-liberalism, Economic Restructuring, and the Transformation of the Global Work Force3. The Global Spread of Feminist Principles: The Expansion of an International Women's Rights Movement and Concepts of Gender Equality Part 2: Women's Unique Experiences in the Global Economy 4. Gender Role Socialization: Setting the Stage 5. Vulnerable Girls and Women: Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking6. New Directions: Migration, Women, and Transnational Motherhood 7. The Globalization of Caring Labor: The Re-Arrangement of Social Relationships In and Outside of Families Part 3: Policy Responses in Developing and Industrialized Countries 8. Investing in Girls and Women to the Developing World: Ensuring an Equal Start 9. Supporting Working Families and Gender Equality: Policy Responses in the Industrialized World 10. Empowerment through Globalization: Transformed Gender Roles, Work-Family Supports, and Transnational Collaborators