ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Outside the 'Closed Boxes'

Gendered Commodity Chains: Seeing Women's Work and Households in Global Production edited by Wilma A Dunaway (California: Stanford University Press), 2013; pp 312, $29.95.

The book under review is an edited collection of essays which aims to bring women workers and “women’s work” more squarely into the discourse on global commodity chains and commodity chain analysis. This subfield is contextualised by World Systems Theory, or, as Immanuel Wallerstein insists, World Systems Analysis. Wallerstein provides the foreword to the book, and makes its intervention clear from a world systems perspective. The first few lines read:

A mere 50 years ago, women were a marginalised and largely unobserved social group, both in social life and in the writings of social scientists. They were one of the principal forgotten peoples along with socially defined ‘minorities’ and persons practicing socially repudiated sexualities. The subordination of women to men goes back a very long way, possibly to the inception of human collective life (p xi).

World Systems Perspective

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