Struggles over work take place at home: women’s decisions, choices and constraints in the Tiruppur textile industry, India

Carswell, Grace (2016) Struggles over work take place at home: women’s decisions, choices and constraints in the Tiruppur textile industry, India. Geoforum, 77. pp. 134-145. ISSN 0016-7185

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Abstract

Examining women’s choices around paid work in south India, this article shows the need to pay greater attention to the sphere of reproduction, and in particular the way that women endeavour to fit their productive work around their reproductive roles and responsibilities. Focussing on the region of the Tiruppur garment cluster in Tamil Nadu, India, it outlines the opportunities available to rural women, shedding light first on women’s decisions whether to work or not, and second, on how women choose between particular types of work available to them. The article demonstrates the primacy of the reproductive economy in shaping women's movements in and out of paid work, particularly the importance of stage in life course, household composition and patriarchal control to women’s decisions. Main findings of the article are that most women work, but their particular job choices reflect multiple social and reproductive constraints, while those who withdraw from work have been subjected to new expressions of patriarchy. The article advances understandings in feminist geographies of work by drawing on ethnographic insights to highlight the mutual embeddedness of the reproductive and productive economies.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Depositing User: Sharon Krummel
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2016 17:14
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 06:39
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/65528

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