Political Economy Centre Research Seminar
|19 October 2023
|02:00 - 15:30
|What is it:
|School of Social Sciences
Political Economy Centre Research Seminar with Professor Stephanie Barrientos, Professor Emeritus at the University of Manchester. Professor Barrientos will be speaking about her important book on gender and global value chains, with some additional reflections on the impacts of Covid on GVCs.
Abstract: This book focuses on the changing gender patterns of work in a global retail environment associated with the rise of contemporary retail and global sourcing. This has affected the working lives of hundreds of millions of workers in high-, middle- and low-income countries. The growth of contemporary retail has been driven by the commercialised production of many goods previously produced unpaid by women within the home. Sourcing is now largely undertaken through global value chains in low- or middle-income economies, using a 'cheap' feminised labour force to produce low-price goods. As women have been drawn into the labour force, households are increasingly dependent on the purchase of food and consumer goods, blurring the boundaries between paid and unpaid work. This book examines how gendered patterns of work have changed and explores the extent to which global retail opens up new channels to leverage more gender-equitable gains in sourcing countries.
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