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Title:Export-oriented policies, women's work burden and human development in Mauritius
Author:Blin, MyriamISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies
Volume:34
Issue:2
Pages:239-253
Language:English
Geographic term:Mauritius
Subjects:women workers
households
work organization
export oriented industries
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03057070802037910
Abstract:This article attempts to understand how the feminization of the labour force triggered by export-oriented policies has affected women's work burden in Mauritius. The article explores factors influencing women's labour supply (measured as hours worked in the productive economy) and women's hours of housework, and it further analyses how work burden experiences vary between women of different social backgrounds. The analysis is based on the use of mixed methods consisting of a quantitative survey in the industrial sector and a qualitative survey in the industrial and services sectors. Data were collected in 2002. The results show, among other things, that women and the social reproductive process are not only affected differently depending on women's socioeconomic background, but also depending on a complex mixture of different socioeconomic processes. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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