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Women Workers in Turkey

Global Industrial Production in Istanbul

Saniye Dedeoglu

232 pages
I.B. Tauris & Co Ltd
Globalization is often considered as not only generating jobs, but also having a negative effect on those at the bottom of the labor supply chain. Here, Saniye Dedeoglu shows us exactly how globalization has affected women engaged in insecure, invisible, and low/unpaid garment work. Through a close ethnographic study of women workers in Istanbul's garment industry, she reveals how industries have adapted their labor demands to make use of local female labor supplies, and highlights the strategies and responses that have evolved in response to contemporary changes in global industrial production in Turkey. Dedeoglu shows how production for global markets has seeped into local labor markets, contributing to a culture of work which is informal and whose participants are often invisible. Women Workers in Turkey throws up the critical question of what it means to be a woman in today's globalized society, and is an important contribution to the various perspectives on the social and economic consequences of globalization to the least privileged in industrial societies.

Author Bio
SANIYE DEDEOGLU is Assistant Professor in the Department of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations at the University of Mugla, Turkey. She completed her PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.