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Author Pearson, Ruth, 1945-

Title Thailand's hidden workforce : Burmese migrant women factory workers / Ruth Pearson & Kyoko Kusakabe
Published London ; New York : Zed Books, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (x, 205 pages) : illustrations, map
Series Asian arguments
Asian arguments.
Contents Asian Arguments; About the Authors; Acknowledgements; Map: Thailand and surrounding countries; Abbreviations; 1 Thailand's hidden workforce: Burmese women factory workers; Burmese migrant workers in Thailand: hidden from the global gaze; The context: push-and-pull factors underlying Burmese migration to Thailand; Background to the research; Burmese women workers in Thailand: nimble fingers and docile bodies; Burmese migrant workers: citizenship and entitlement in a hostile world; Who cares? Burmese women in Thailand as carers and workers
Marriage, children and changing relationshipsWomen's journeys: agency, subordination and change; 4 Migrant women in Thailand's factories: working conditions, struggles and experiences; Who are the women workers?; What kind of factories do they work in?; Working conditions; Security of employment and mobility; Accommodation and food; Pay and deductions; Safety, security and harassment, deportation; Relations with friends; 5 Burmese migrant women and families in Thailand: reproduction, children and care; Pregnancy and childbirth
Shifting terrain: Burmese migrant women's responses to economic and political change2 Thailand's industrialisation and labour migration policies; Thailand's industrialisation before and after the Asian financial crisis of the 1990s; Decentralisation of industry; Demand for and control of migrant labour: regulating the irregular; Figure 2.1 Registered migrants 1997-2008; 3 Burmese women migrant workers in Thailand's export industries; The study areas; Figure 3.1 Apparel factories and workers in Tak province; Migrant women's journeys; Reconstructing families; Remittances as obligation
Table 5.1 Country of birth of first child by respondent's locationChildcare; Table 5.2 Childcare patterns for children under 6 years old for those respondents who delivered a child after coming to Thailand, by location; Health care; Education; 6 After the crisis: new struggles and possibilities; Effect of the economic crisis on migrant workers' employment in Thailand; Dealing with the crisis: coping strategies of migrant workers; Retrenchment and strikes; Harassment, xenophobia and prejudice; After the crisis -- to stay or to return?; 7 Burmese migrant workers between two worlds
Summary Millions of Burmese women migrate into Thailand each year to form the basis of the Thai agricultural and manufacturing workforce. This insightful book ventures into a part of the global economy Western observers rarely witness. Based on unique empirical research, it provides 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-198) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Foreign workers, Burmese -- Thailand -- Economic conditions.
Foreign workers, Burmese -- Thailand -- Social conditions.
Women foreign workers -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Thailand.
Women foreign workers -- Thailand -- Economic conditions.
Women foreign workers -- Thailand -- Social conditions.
Women migrant labor -- Burma.
Thailand -- Economic conditions.
Form Electronic book
Author Kusakabe, Kyoko.
ISBN 1848139861 (electronic bk.)
184813987X (electronic bk.)
9781848139862 (electronic bk.)
9781848139879 (electronic bk.)