- Edited by Ligaya Lindio-McGovern, Indiana University Kokomo, USA and Isidor Wallimann, University of North Texas, USA
- Series : Global Connections
Adopting the notion of 'third world' as a political as well as a geographical category, this volume analyzes marginalized women's experiences of globalization. It unravels the intersections of race, culture, ethnicity, nationality and class which have shaped the position of these women in the global political economy, their cultural and their national history. In addition to a thematically structured and highly informative investigation, the authors offer an exploration of the policy implications which are commonly neglected in mainstream literature. The result is a must have volume for sociological academics, social policy experts and professionals working within non-governmental organizations.
Contents: Introduction: neoliberal globalization and 3rd world women: exploitation, coping, and resistance Ligaya Lindio-McGovern and Isidor Wallimann; Globalization and regional inequalities: regional divisions of reproductive labor: Southern African migrant domestic workers in Johannesburg, Shireen Ally; Global capitalism and women: from feminist politics to working class women's politics, Martha Gimenez; Migration, transnational politics, and the state: challenging the limits of the law: Filipino migrant workers' transnational struggles in the world for protection and social justice, Robyn Magalit Rodriguez; Identities, nation, and imperialism: confronting empire in Filipina American feminist thought, Anne E. Lacsamana; The struggle for land and food sovereignty: feminism in the Mau Mau resurgence, Leigh Brownhill and Terisa E. Turner; Alternative economies: Mexican women left behind: organizing solidarity economy in response, Ann Ferguson; Towards a global economy of commoning: A 'gift to humanity': 3rd world women's global action to keep oil in the ground, Terisa E. Turner and Leigh Brownhill; Neo-liberalism in women in development discourse: using ICTs for gender and development in Africa: the case of UNIFEM, Christobel Asiedu; Globalization and women's empowerment in Africa, Robert Dibie; Globalization and the sexual commodification of women: sex trafficking migration in South Asia, Bandana Purkayastha and Shweta Majumbar; Index.
About the Editor: Ligaya Lindio-McGovern is Associate Professor of Sociology at Indiana University Kokomo, USA and former Director of Women's Studies. Isidor Wallimann is Visiting Professor at the University of North Texas, USA.
Reviews: 'This timely and engaging collection of essays provides a range of examples of Third World women's responses to global processes of change in both the North and South.'
Gender and Development
'This inter-disciplinary and international collection of essays defies attempts to pigeon-hole it. The diverse chapters speak to an array of specialisms… The volume’s interdisciplinary and international scope means it spans literatures that often exist in ignorance of each other… the chapters in the volume offer many insights into the complex and often pernicious impacts of neo-liberal globalization. They detail the global economic, social, and political contexts within which resistance occurs and chart some inspiring efforts to create a more equitable and sustainable world.'
Social Movement Studies
'Globalization and Third World Women […] is a timely addition to the expanding volumes devoted to uncovering the complex outcomes of global flows of capital in search for cheap labour and resources… Overall, this book is a useful source for students and scholars who are interested in migration and economic globalisation… I would recommend this book to students and scholars in the areas of Asia and the Pacific studies, because it gives an important theoretical and political framework that links globalisation with power relations and social inequalities. Empirical evidence from the case studies included in this volume can also be used for a comparative understanding of global capitalist expansion in Asia and the Pacific.'
'This multitude of essays written by academics and activists makes a significant contribution to academic discourse in addressing the pertinence of de-marginalising the experiences of third world women in the context of aggressive globalisation… The book under review is largely successful in de-marginalising the position and response of third world women to the threat of aggressive neoliberal globalisation and the ramifications of global capitalism. The volume provides a highly recommended, pertinent and often missing normative framework that marries globalisation with colonial and power infrastructures. Verily, this may challenge the patient reader to sit up and take responsibility for the development of our global society.'
South Asia Research
'A more fascinating and valuable contribution of Globalization and Third World Women is its highlighting of intense and sometimes militant Third World women’s transnational movements and strategic resistance to neoliberal globalization, and their innovative alternative ideological and economic frameworks… by including work from diverse areas and disciplines, Globalization and Third World Women reveals that among those dealing with women and development there is a discursive or ideological distance between progressive approaches and activisms, and liberal policy-oriented considerations; the exposure of this distance is another reason why this book may come to be a useful feminist text. This book would be beneficial for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in gender studies, international studies, development studies, sociology and political science, as well as non-academic professionals, activists and policymakers. As many scholars and pundits have recently argued that neoliberalism has contributed to the ongoing global economic crisis, the timing of the book could not be better.'
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