Women of a Lesser Cost

Women of a Lesser Cost : Female Labour, Foreign Exchange and Philippine Development

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This study explores the links among women's employment, migration and household organization. Female labour-force participation has long been recognized as depending on a broad spectrum of social, economic and demographic factors. Drawing on over 400 interviews with workers, households, and employers in the Philippine Visayas, this book provides insights for theories about women's work, with a focus on implications for gender roles and relations. Looking at three activities critical to the generation of foreign exchange - export manufacturing, international tourism, and sex work - it provides a systematic investigation of the ways in which women's incorporation into different sectors is affected by their social, demographic and economic circumstances, asking whether different jobs are associated with new migration and household patterns. The authors show that despite the embeddedness of gender inequalities in all these spheres, Filipino women do stand to gain some benefit from increased demand for their labour.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 24mm | 498.96g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • tables, 22 figures, 5 maps, bibliography, index
  • 0745309461
  • 9780745309460

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"Authoritatively referenced and jam-packed with information" Progress In Human Geography 'A considerable contribution to the literature on women and development ... it is authoritatively referenced and jam-packed with information.' --Progress In Human Geography 'A considerable contribution to the literature on women and development ... it is authoritatively referenced and jam-packed with information.' --Progress In Human Geographyshow more

About Sylvia Chant

Harry Cowen is Field Chair, Sociological Studies at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education. He is the contributor to various publications and has taught across the range of social sciences.show more

Table of contents

Gender and development in the Philippines; the Philippine economy - national perspectives, export-oriented development and growth in the Central and Western Visayas; gender, migration and low-income households in Cebu, Lapu-Lapu and Boracay - an overview; gender and manufacturing employment; gender and tourism employment; gender and sex work; comparative perspectives on work and women's status; conclusion - policy implications and directions for future research.show more