Recent Submissions

  • Towards a Framework of Analysis 

    Heyzer, Noeleen (Institute of Development Studies, 01/07/1981)
    SUMMARY Using case studies from several Third World countries, this article argues that the concentration of women, particularly married women with young children, in the informal sector and the form their work takes are ...
  • Preface 

    Young, Kate (Institute of Development Studies, 01/07/1981)
  • The Informal Sector and Women's Oppression 

    Bienefeld, Manfred (Institute of Development Studies, 01/07/1981)
    SUMMARY The similarity between the debates about the informal sector, and about women in development, lies in the fact that both deal with the problem of economic discrimination based on impeded access to productive assets ...
  • When Education is Unequal 

    Greenstreet, Miranda (Institute of Development Studies, 01/07/1981)
    SUMMARY This article discusses the various factors which account for the importance of women in the urban informal sector in Ghana Women find urban trading the most suitable occupation because the traditional division of ...
  • Surviving in the Suburbios 

    Moser, Caroline (Institute of Development Studies, 01/07/1981)
    SUMMARY The form of women's participation in casual work and its implications in terms of their subordination is determined by a complex inter?relationship of economic and non?economic (specifically ideological) factors. ...
  • The Leather Trade in the Bassi of Naples 

    Goddard, Victoria (Institute of Development Studies, 01/07/1981)
    SUMMARY This article argues that outwork and the high incidence of small units of production in Italy must be contextualised within the process of decentralised production. In Naples men and women play different parts ...
  • The Weakest Link 

    Banerjee, Nirmala (Institute of Development Studies, 01/07/1981)
    SUMMARY In this article it is argued that the formal/informal dichotomy is not based on a classification of economic activities. It is rather a division between workers according to the nature of the labour contracts under ...
  • Invisible Threads 

    Allen, Sheila (Institute of Development Studies, 01/07/1981)
    SUMMARY This article explores some aspects of the widespread, though largely invisible, labour of people (mainly women) working for wages in their own homes. It is argued that this labour is an essential part of capitalist ...
  • Organising the Annapurna 

    Savara, Mira (Institute of Development Studies, 01/07/1981)
    SUMMARY This article describes how a scattered group of women in Bombay, who cook for male migrant workers in their own homes, organised to improve their working conditions. Although isolated from each other, and with ...
  • Women of the Working Poor 

    Moser, Caroline; Young, Kate (Institute of Development Studies, 01/07/1981)
    SUMMARY This article discusses the debate on the relationship between the informal sector [IS] and the formal or capitalist sector, and notes that the link between the two argued in terms of the functionality of the IS ...