Wednesday, 17 October 2012

TONIGHT Book Launch: Thailand's Hidden Workforce: Burmese Women Factory Workers with authors Ruth Pearson and Kyoko Kusakabe

Thailand's Hidden Workforce:

Burmese Women Factory Workers

17 Oct 6-8 pm


Book launch with authors Ruth Pearson 

and Kyoko Kusakabe


Millions of Burmese women migrate into Thailand each year to form the basis of the Thai agricultural and manufacturing workforce. Un-documented and unregulated, this army of migrant workers constitutes the ultimate 'disposable' labour force, enduring grueling working conditions and much aggression from the Thai police and immigration authorities. This insightful book ventures into a part of the global economy rarely witnessed by Western observers. Based on unique empirical research, it provides the reader with a gendered account of the role of women migrant workers in Thailand's factories and interrogates the ways in which they manage their families and their futures. 

Praise for Thailand's Hidden Workforce

'The authors give a voice to a part of Thailand's workforce invisible to many Thais, and to consumers across Asia and around the world who buy the cheap goods they produce. That voice is authentic, and paired with sound analysis of the issues raised.'
Chris Hogg, correspondent BBC Asia, Shanghai

'The labels on your clothes do not say 'Made by Burmese migrant women in Thailand', but once you have read this book you will carry that information with you. Many thanks to the authors for exposing these conditions.'
Jackie Pollock, director, MAP Foundation, Thailand

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