Microentrepreneurs and homeworkers: Convergent categories

  • E. Prgl and I. Tinker (1997). World Development, 1471-1482
  • Abstract: Home-based workers are not easily identified as either self-employed or dependent workers because these categories of employment status fail to capture gender subordination which is particularly salient in the case of home-based work. Yet development practitioners tend to treat home-based workers as self-employed microentrepreneurs, providing them credit and training. Unions, on the other hand, consider them exploited workers, push for the enforcement of labour laws and sometimes have begun to organize homeworkers and bargain collectively on their behalf. We present the cases of the Self-Employed Women's Association of India and the West Yorkshire Homeworking Group of Great Britain as examples of successful organizations which support home-based workers by combining microenterprise development and union organizing. 1997 Elsevier Science Ltd.
  • Theme: Policy/support programmes, Women/Gender
  • Keywords: Home-based work, Homework, Microenterprise, Women, comparative study, entrepreneurs, homeworking, international comparison, small enterprise, women's work, India, UK
  • Reference type: Journal Article
  • Geographic location: India, Asia, Global South
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