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Stevano, Sara (2022) 'Classes of Working Women in Mozambique: An Integrated Framework to Understand Working Lives.' Review of International Political Economy, 29 (6). pp. 1847-1869.

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Feminist political economy has illuminated the gendered dimensions of the globalisation of production. Whilst this literature provides essential insights on gendered exploitation in export-oriented industries, women’s work in localised labour markets in the Global South remains underexplored. This paper seeks to address this gap by putting into dialogue three bodies of literature – feminist political economy of globalisation, political economy of development in southern Africa and the social reproduction of the everyday. It proposes an integrated conceptual framework to analyse women’s working lives and applies it to northern Mozambique. It makes two key findings. First, the lives of those working in localised labour markets are shaped by global capitalism through extreme fragmentation of labour regimes forcing people into multiple precarious forms of work – a process that entails the appropriation of women’s productive and reproductive labour. Second, the imperatives of social reproduction shape employment trajectories and expose differentiation among working women, seen for example through gendered constraints to mobility, care obligations and contributions to ceremonies. The implications are that the analysis of women’s working lives needs to capture three key aspects: social differentiation among working women, temporal and spatial dynamics of the everyday and the centrality of the reproduction of the social.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Social reproduction, work, gender, labour regimes, Africa, Mozambique
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Economics
ISSN: 09692290
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Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2021 12:03

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