Paper $31.95 ISBN: 9781848139848 Published June 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781848139855 Published June 2012 For sale in North and South America only

Thailand's Hidden Workforce

Burmese Migrant Women Factory Workers

Ruth Pearson and Kyoko Kusakabe

Thailand's Hidden Workforce

Ruth Pearson and Kyoko Kusakabe

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216 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2012  
Paper $31.95 ISBN: 9781848139848 Published June 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781848139855 Published June 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Millions of Burmese women migrate into Thailand each year to form the basis of the Thai agricultural and manufacturing workforce. Un-documented and unregulated, this army of migrant workers constitutes the ultimate 'disposable' labour force, enduring grueling working conditions and much aggression from the Thai police and immigration authorities. This insightful book ventures into a part of the global economy rarely witnessed by Western observers. Based on unique empirical research, it provides the reader with a gendered account of the role of women migrant workers in Thailand's factories and interrogates the ways in which they manage their families and their futures.
Contents
1. Thailand's hidden workforce: Burmese women factory workers
2. Thailand's industrialisation and labour migration policies
3. Burmese women migrant workers in Thailand's export industries
4. Migrant women in Thailand's factories: working conditions, struggles and experiences
5. Burmese migrant women and families in Thailand: reproduction, children and care
6. After the crisis: new struggles and possibilities
7. Burmese migrant workers between two worlds
Appendices
Notes
References
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