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By Amrita Chhachhi, Reneé Ilene Pittin

Confronting country, Capital and Patriarchy brings jointly documentation of women's struggles within the strategy of industrialisation, inside of and outdoors conventional employees' businesses. With contributions from researchers and activists quite in Asia, Africa and Latin the United States, the quantity supplies a vast exhibit of either the restrictions, and the ingenuity and resolution with which ladies staff attempt to enhance their scenario. via either conception and wealthy empirical element, the quantity demonstrates the indispensable linkages among the house, place of work, and the nation and overseas arenas, and among activists and academe according to technological and commercial restructuring.

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