The recognition of women as important contributors to the world of work and economy is rarely matched with the spirit of inquiry this book shows. Stitching scattered facts and data together it presents a holistic picture of globalization as it impacts the women workers. This book fills a lacuna at several levels—from the rudimentary level of pointing out the absence of sex desegregated data to analysing those where present to demonstrate the complex web of contradictions women experience under globalization: getting displaced/losing/gaining/ dwindling employments and continually occupying the informal/less privileged ends of the job in terms of: wages, work conditions, increasing intensity and insecurity. They now face new developments of changed relationships with employers/contractors, bearing along the way other forms of intersectional inequalities. The author has captured that face of globalization which is so elusive and invisible that the direct or indirect linkages with it are hard to decipher.
October 2007, volume 31, No 10