Gendered Commodity Chains

Seeing Women's Work and Households in Global Production

by Wilma A. Dunaway

Gendered Commodity Chains is the first book to consider the fundamental role of gender in global commodity chains. It challenges long-held assumptions of global economic systems by identifying the crucial role social reproduction plays in production and by declaring the household as an important site of production. In affirming the importance of women's work in global production, this cutting-edge volume fills an important gender gap in the field of global commodity and value chain analysis.With thirteen chapters by an international group of scholars from sociology, anthropology, economics, women's studies, and geography, this volume begins with an eye-opening feminist critique of existing commodity chain literature. Throughout its remaining five parts, Gendered Commodity Chains addresses ways women's work can be integrated into commodity chain research, the forms women's labor takes, threats to social reproduction, the impact of indigenous and peasant households on commodity chains, the rapidly expanding arenas of global carework and sex trafficking, and finally, opportunities for worker resistance. This broadly interdisciplinary volume provides conceptual and methodological guides for academics, graduate students, researchers, and activists interested in the gendered nature of commodity chains.

  • Stanford University Press; December 2013
  • ISBN: 9780804788960
  • Edition: 1
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  • Title: Gendered Commodity Chains
  • Author: Wilma A. Dunaway (ed.)
  • Imprint: Stanford University Press

In The Press

"A collective project between Virginia Tech and SUNY Binghamton, original essays from both novice researchers and senior scholars use ethnographic, archival, and some social survey data to provide alternatives to neoclassical and neoliberal economic analysis . . . Recommended."


About The Author

Wilma A. Dunaway is Professor of Sociology in the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech. She is the author of four books, including most recently Women, Work, and Family in the Antebellum Mountain South (2008).