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Who Cares? Gender, Reproduction, and Care Chains of Burmese Migrant Workers in Thailand

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  • Ruth Pearson
  • Kyoko Kusakabe
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    This study analyzes the challenges facing Burmese women factory workers in Thailand who seek to secure the daily reproduction of their labor power as well as the generational reproduction of their children. It illustrates how the reproduction of workers' labor is crucial for the social reproduction of a global economy in which migration is increasingly central to the changing contours of economic development and accumulation. Based on twenty-four months of research, which included life history interviews and survey responses obtained at three sites of factory production in Thailand, the study charts the complexities of Burmese migrant workers' transborder care strategies, as they manage their responsibilities to their children and natal families. Moreover, in analyzing the care burdens of migrant women employed in non-care sectors, this contribution expands the global care chain framework and adds to the understanding of the intersection of productive and reproductive work in contemporary globalization

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Feminist Economics.

    Volume (Year): 18 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 2 (April)
    Pages: 149-175

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