I'm interested in women's work during economic crises and the theory that women were used as a reserve army of labour. I have read articles written in the 1970s and early 80s that refute this theory and was wondering if anyone knows of more recent work that deals with the issue.
The articles I have read are:
Irene Bruegal, "Women as a Reserve Army of Labour: A Note on Recent British Experience", Feminist Review, no. 3, 1979, pp. 12-33.
Ruth Milkman "Women's Work and Economic Crisis: Some Lessons of the Great Depression", Review of Radical Political Economy, vol. 8, 1976, pp.73-97
Margaret Power "Women and Economic Crises: The Great Depression and the Present Crisis", in Elizabeth Windshuttle(ed.) Women, Class and History, (Fontana, Melbourne, 1980).
Beechey, Veronica "Recent Approaches to Women's Employment in Great Britain", Unequal Work, by Beechey(Verso)
Humphries, Jane "The Emancipation of Women in the 1970s and 1980s: From the Latent to the Floating", Capital and Class, 20 (1983)
Mutari, Ellen article forthcoming re: 1920s-30s data from NY and Ohio Feminist Economics (v.2, n.2)
Power, Marilyn "From Home Production to Wage Labor: Women as a Reserve Army of Labor", Review of Radical Political Economics 15, 1 (1983)
Rubery, Jill (ed.) Women and Recession (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1988)
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