The Handbook of Diverse Economies
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The Handbook of Diverse Economies

Edited by J. K. Gibson-Graham and Kelly Dombroski

Economic diversity abounds in a more-than-capitalist world, from worker-recuperated cooperatives and anti-mafia social enterprises to caring labour and the work of Earth Others, from fair trade and social procurement to community land trusts, free universities and Islamic finance. The Handbook of Diverse Economies presents research that inventories economic difference as a prelude to building ethical ways of living on our dangerously degraded planet. With contributing authors from twenty countries, it presents new thinking around subjectivity and methodology as strategies for making other worlds possible.
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Chapter 20: Migrant womens labour: sustaining livelihoods through diverse economic practices in Accra, Ghana

Chizu Sato and Theresa Tufuor


Women and girls currently constitute nearly half of international migrants and more than half of the rural–urban migrants in many parts of the majority world. In Ghana, rural–urban labour migration by women and girls has become increasingly common and they often work in the informal sector. Independent from this shift in labour migration, empowering women via business is now recognized as ‘smart economics’. The research presented in this chapter challenges the stark individualism of this narrative of development and the assumption of a capitalist trajectory of growth. This chapter examines some of the complex interdependencies between different forms of labour that migrant women perform, including wage labour, alternative paid labour and unpaid labour that sustain the livelihoods of migrant women as they are conditioned by intersectional parameters, such as gender ethnicity and place of origin.

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