Global and Development Perspectives
- International Handbooks on Gender series
Edited by Laura Oso and Natalia Ribas Mateos
Chapter 6: Theoretical debates on social reproduction and care: the articulation between the domestic and the global economy
Women’s work is connected to globalization processes. Considerable research has been conducted on women and work and on the shifting divisions of labour globally, particularly in development studies. The activities and relations indispensable for social reproduction have been conceptualized by feminist studies and the place of women migrant workers in the new global economy has been articulated in relation to the domestic economy. In this context, the concept of care has also been associated with reflections on migration and on the links between the domestic and the global economy. However, the concepts of social reproduction and care cannot be merged and furthermore, in the context of gender, development and migration studies, has some limitations. Therefore it is very important to deepen the question on the articulation of production and social reproduction in the context of globalization, within which care is included, in order to contribute to explaining the increase in social and gender inequalities in development.
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