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Expansion of Markets and Women Workers: Case Study of Garment Manufacturing in India

Deepita Chakravarty
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 39, No. 45 (Nov. 6-12, 2004), pp. 4910-4916
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4415771
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Expansion of Markets and Women Workers: Case Study of Garment Manufacturing in India
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Abstract

The literature on the gender implications of expansion of markets for employment often looks at women workers as the victims of the trade liberalisation process, resulting from discrimination in the labour market. However, discrimination is a complex process taking different forms in different contexts leading to different outcomes. This study, based on the garment manufacturing industry, suggests that in the context of a dynamic industrial activity of a poor labour-surplus economy, discrimination against women can take place outside the labour market. For example, employment depends on education and skills, to which women have unequal access.

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