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Scandalous EconomicsGender and the Politics of Financial Crises$
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Aida A. Hozic and Jacqui True

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190204235

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190204235.001.0001

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“To Double Oppression, Double Rebellion”

“To Double Oppression, Double Rebellion”

Women, Capital, and Crisis in “Post-Neoliberal” Latin America

(p.126) Chapter 8 “To Double Oppression, Double Rebellion”
Scandalous Economics

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In 2009, the International Labor Organization (ILO) predicted that in Latin America the burden of the financial crisis would be disproportionally carried by women. Two years later, Latinobarometro surveys confirmed that women have been more deeply affected by the crisis than men. Why is the crisis affecting Latin American women so acutely? Isn’t this the region—as the “Pink Tide” leaders claim—that has moved beyond neoliberalism? Isn’t the region now much less vulnerable to financial crisis and movements of capital? To answer these questions, the chapter draws on survey data, media accounts, and firsthand narratives to gather women’s individual and collective voices on experiencing and resisting the crisis across the region. The chapter identifies the roles played by women in Latin American labor markets, as formal and informal workers in the (most often non-remunerated) reproduction of life and labor power, and in the provision of food, housework, and care.

Keywords:   Latin America, women, labor, Pink Tide, financial crisis, Latinobarometro

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