This innovative, global feminist analysis of work and politics examines the diverse problems and related protests of women and men who labor to make ends meet in a rapidly-changing world. Using vivid examples from around the world, it reveals how 'globalization' is reshaping social institutions and lives. Fast Forward explores how businesses and states reshaped and redistributed work around the world during the last 30 years of 'globalization,' often with adverse consequences. Within this fast-moving context, laboring people today engage in work outside of formal employment, try to obtain survival resources, mount a diverse array of often women-centered protests against firms and states, and try-on their own terms-to reinvent work and democratic political practices. Portraying the human face of global change, Fast Forward shows how overlapping social movements wrestle with economic and political marginalization, and initiate highly diverse, but related attempts to change the way the world works.
Torry Dickinson is associate professor of women's studies at Kansas State University. Robert Schaeffer is associate professor of sociology at Kansas State University.
Chapter 1 Preface: Looking Back, Moving Forward Part 2 Seeing Global Change Chapter 3 An Introduction to Work, Gender, and Protest Part 4 Worker Households, Businesses, and States Chapter 5 The Meaning of Work Chapter 6 The Changing World of Work Chapter 7 The Redistribution and Reorganization of Work in the Core Chapter 8 The Submerging Periphery Chapter 9 Reverses in the Semi-Periphery Chapter 10 Welfare States Cut Worker Benefits Part 11 The Changing Ground for Working Households Chapter 12 Class Transformations, Households, and the Emergence of Women-Centered Labor Movements Chapter 13 The Degredation of Social and Natural Work Environments Part 14 Change and Protest Chapter 15 Institutional Struggles: Female and Male Workers Challenge Business Chapter 16 Institutional Struggles: Workers Challenge States Chapter 17 Diversifying Struggles: Redefining Work and Society Part 18 Conclusion Chapter 19 Fast Forward