Thursday, 29 November 2012

Thailand's Hidden Workforce: Book Signing in Paris

Thailand's Hidden Workforce, Burmese Migrant Women Factory Workers

Ruth Pearson & Kyoko Kusakabe 

Monday 3rd of December 2012 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Sciences Po, 27 rue St Guillaume 75007, Paris

Room Leroy Beaulieu (3rd floor)

The lecture will be in English Registration:

The abstract:

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 strategize about their families and their futures.


Ruth Pearson is Professor of International Development at the University of Leeds, UK. She has undertaken research on women's work in the global economy, focusing recently on migrant workers and gendered globalisation, and has carried out empirical work in Latin America, including Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia and Cuba, as well as in Thailand and Europe. She has a particular interest in the intersections of women's productive and reproductive roles and their implications for understanding globalisation and crisis in the contemporary economy.

Kyoko Kusakabe is Associate Professor of Gender and Development Studies in the School of Environment, Resources and Development at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. She is a visiting Professor at PRESAGE for the autumn semester 2012. Her visiting is sponsored by the Japan Foundation. She gives courses at the Campus du Havre and at PSIA (Paris School of International Affairs). Her research interests are centred on gendered mobility and migration in the Greater Mekong Subregion and the effect of regional economic integration on women's work and employment. She has undertaken empirical work in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia and has a special interest in women and transborder trade.

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