Volume 9 No 2

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Untangling multiple inequalities: intersectionality, work and globalisation

Women play a pivotal role in global value chains as both producers and consumers. Although their work in the value chain in the less developed countries is often under-valued and tends to be at the lower end of the chain, paradoxically, it can o er opportunities for gainful employment, skills development and emancipation. Nonetheless it is clear that women in different countries have different experiences of inclusion in value chains, shaped by a complex interaction between gender and other variables. Previous work on the intersections of gender with other strands in relation to
work and work organisation has generally focused on women in developed countries, while research on intersectionality in emerging economies has focused on questions linked to gender equity in education, poverty alleviation, health and citizenship, failing to look at similarities and differences in the work experiences of women in different areas of the developing world. This special issue aims to fill this gap, adopting a critical intersectional perspective to explore the work and career experiences of women working within global value chains in developing countries.

Contents
Untangling multiple inequalities: intersectionality, work and globalisation
by Natalia Rocha Lawton, Moira Calveley and Cynthia Forson

Holding down half the sky: female knowledge workers and flexible
employment in China’s publishing conglomerates
by Jin Cao and Graham Murdock

Black Women in the marketplace: everyday gender-based risks against
Haiti’s madan saras (women traders)
by Caroline Shenaz Hossein

Rethinking gender and waste: exploratory findings from participatory
action research in Brazil
by Sonia Maria Dias and Ana Carolina Ogando

Working conditions in Ghana’s Export Processing Zone and women’s
empowerment
by Faustina Adomaa Obeng, Charlotte Wrigley-Asante and Joseph Kofi Teye

Intersectionality theory and governmentality: bringing together what
belongs together?
by Christiane Bomert