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date: 05 July 2022

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This chapter examines how contemporary feminist scholarship is informed by and has contributed to the analysis of gendered divisions of labor on a global scale. Drawing on feminist research into gender systems, postcolonial societies, and intersectional relations, studies of gendered divisions of labor offer powerful insights into the unequal dynamics of globalization and the processes of social reproduction. The relevant literature includes work on the feminization of labor across global industry, the commodification of reproductive labor, and the gendered effects of economic restructuring and related forms of neoliberalization. Ultimately, gendered divisions of labor illuminate diverse patterns of inequality in and beyond formal relations of employment, revealing the ways that gendered hierarchies of value proliferate within and across globally interconnected societies and economies.

Keywords: labor, gender, inequality, globalization, care chains, commodity chains, neoliberalism, work, production, reproduction

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