Globalization and poverty:Impacts on households of employment and restructuring in the textiles industry of Vietnam

Thoburn, John, Sutherland, Kirsten and Hoa, Nguyen Thi (2007) Globalization and poverty:Impacts on households of employment and restructuring in the textiles industry of Vietnam. Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, 12 (3). pp. 345-366. ISSN 1354-7860

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Abstract

This paper traces down to the level of individual workers' household livelihoods the effects of the industrial restructuring that developing countries undergo as they integrate into global value chains, taking the case of the textiles industry of Vietnam. Based on interviews with current and retrenched workers, it adds to the small but growing number of studies showing that working in export industries can have some positive aspects. The impacts of retrenchments from textile employment, as firms restructure, have been mitigated thanks to a combination of compensation payments, pensions, and other income earning opportunities for retrenched workers and their family members.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: This paper has been prepared under the project ‘Globalization, Production and Poverty: Macro, Meso and Micro-level studies’ (R7623), financed by a research grant from the UK Department for International Development (DfID). DfID supports policies, programmes and projects to promote international development. DfID provided funds for this study as part of that objective, but the views and opinions expressed are those of the authors alone. Nguyen Thi Hoa organised the fieldwork, and we thank Nguyen Tuan Sinh for translating the completed fieldwork questionnaire returns into English. The questionnaire, whose use we gratefully acknowledge, is adapted from that developed by Catherine Dolan and Stephanie Barrientos for the project’s research on horticultural households in Kenya and South Africa. We are grateful to Catherine Dolan, Vegard Iversen, Rhys Jenkins, Alexandra Winkels, Heather Zhang and a referee for comments on drafts of the paper, though the usual disclaimer applies.
Uncontrolled Keywords: asia,globalization,poverty,textiles,value-chains,vietnam,geography, planning and development,development,political science and international relations ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3305
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2021 01:40
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2021 01:40
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/82355
DOI: 10.1080/13547860701405904

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