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date: 04 December 2020

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This article shows how work is gendered, both in how it plays out in labor markets and the ways it is constructed. It first looks at how the gender dynamics of paid work have been radically restructured worldwide over the last five decades and then shows the impact of the sexual division of labor on gender and work. The next sections study the restructuring of global production, two modern trends in gendered employment—labor migration and informalization—gender segregation in employment, and the influence of women’s unpaid labor in the labor market. The article also develops the argument that gender is not always the most prominent inequality.

Keywords: division of labor, gender dynamics, paid work, global production, gendered employment, labor migration, informalization, gender segregation, women’s unpaid labor

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