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Working Hard, Working PoorA Global Journey$
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Gary S. Fields

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199794645

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794645.001.0001

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Four Workers’ Stories

Four Workers’ Stories

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Working Hard, Working Poor

Gary S. Fields

Oxford University Press

This chapter aims to put human faces on four of the world's 3.1 billion poor people. The stories are told of a woman who hand-rolls cigarettes in India and earns a piece rate, a handicraft maker and vendor in South Africa, a farmer in China, and a fireworks producer in Mexico. Similarities and differences between their stories are discussed.

Keywords:   piece rate, handicraft, vendor, farmer, producer

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