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Positioning Women Homeworkers in a Global Footwear Production Network: Identifying Barriers and Enablers to Claiming Rights

25 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2014 Last revised: 31 Jul 2015

Annie Delaney

RMIT University

Rosaria Burchielli

La Trobe University

Tim Connor

University of Newcastle (Australia) - Newcastle Law School

Date Written: May 19, 2014

Abstract

This paper theorises the position of women footwear homeworkers through the lens of global production networks. Using data collected in India during 2011 to 2014, it illustrates the asymmetry of power between network actors, and attests to the poverty, invisibility and lack of acknowledgement and representation characterising leather footwear homework. It represents leather footwear homeworkers as working from the margins of these networks, with weak links to most other actors in the networks. Drawing from the concept of social upgrading and bringing in concepts from network regulation, the paper asks questions relating to how marginalised and informal workers might increase the power and capacity of their participation in GPNs.

Keywords: homework, leather footwear industry, India, social upgrading, global production network, network regulation.

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Delaney, Annie and Burchielli, Rosaria and Connor, Tim, Positioning Women Homeworkers in a Global Footwear Production Network: Identifying Barriers and Enablers to Claiming Rights (May 19, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2497381 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2497381

Annie Delaney (Contact Author)

RMIT University ( email )

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Rosaria Burchielli

La Trobe University ( email )

Department of Accounting
Victoria 3552, 3086
Australia

Tim Connor

University of Newcastle (Australia) - Newcastle Law School ( email )

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Callaghan, 2308
Australia

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