Kabeer, Naila.

Organizing Women Workers in the Informal Economy : Beyond the Weapons of the Weak - 1 - London : Zed Books, 2013. - 1 online resource (314 p.) - eBooks on Demand Feminisms and Development . - Feminisms and Development .

Feminisms and Development; About the editors; Title page; Copyright; Table of contents; Acknowledgements; Preface by Andrea Cornwall; References; Introduction | Beyond the Weapons of the Weak: Organizing Women Workers in the Informal Economy; The organizational challenge of the informal economy; The strategic choice of organizational models; Building a shared identity; The resources of 'soft power'; Everyday practical support; The struggle for social security; Participating in politics; Dealing with inequalities; Building alliances: global and local; Conclusion: some broad lessons; Notes References1 | Women and Rural Trade Unions in North-East Brazil; Methodology; Women in Brazilian agriculture: the broader context; Women workers in the São Francisco Valley grape sector; Rural trade unions and women workers; Conclusions; Notes; References; 2 | Understanding the Dynamics of an NGO/MBO Partnership: Organizing and Working with Farm Women in South Africa; Overview of WFP; Circumstances giving rise to the formation of Sikhula Sonke; Stages in the relationship between WFP and Sikhula Sonke; Box 2.1 Strategic complementarities: a case study; Conclusions; Notes; References 3 | Organizing for Life and Livelihoods in the Mountains of Uttarakhand: The Experience of Uttarakhand Mahila ParishadThe organization; Organizing women; Uttarakhand Mahila Parishad; Redefining needs, widening space; The political construction of livelihoods; UMP's approach; Ethics of creating ecological wealth in villages; Valuing each WVG as a unique collective; Activities; Political activism; Box 3.1 Activities supported by UMP; Challenges; Conclusion; Notes; References; 4 | Negotiating Patriarchies: Women Fisheries Workers Build SNEHA in Tamil Nadu Patriarchy and power in the fishing communitiesThe gender division of labour within fishing communities; SNEHA's approach and strategies; Current concerns, broader challenges; Conclusion; Notes; References; 5 | 'If You Don't See a Light in the Darkness, You Must Light a Fire': Brazilian Domestic Workers' Struggle for Rights; The struggle for domestic workers' rights in Brazil; Organizing for change; Conclusion; Acknowledgement; Notes; References; 6 | The Challenge of Organizing Domestic Workers in Bangalore: Caste, Gender and Employer-Employee Relations in the Informal Economy The context: domestic work and gradual commercializationInitiating the Karnataka Domestic Workers' Union; Building up the KDWU; Involving the community; Looking to the future; Notes; 7 | Power at the Bottom of the Heap: Organizing Waste Pickers in Pune; Strategies and approach; The role of national and international networks and alliances; Addressing inequalities within and beyond KKPKP; Conclusion - and future challenges; Notes; References; 8 | Sex, Work and Citizenship: The VAMP Sex Workers' Collective in Maharashtra; Sex and sex workers; Strategies of resistance: collectivization Asymmetries of power

Women as a group have often been divided by a number of intersecting inequalities: class, race, ethnicity, caste. As individuals, often isolated in home-based work, their resistance has tended to be restricted to the traditional weapons of the weak. Organizing Women Workers in the Informal Economy explores the emergence of an alternative repertoire among women working in the growing informal sectors of the global South: the weapons of organization and mobilization.

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