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Industrial Labour: Southeast Asia
(4,535 words)

Societies in Southeast Asia have long seen women engaged in economic activities. This practice has generally emerged in spite of the region’s embrace of Islam centuries ago, though, as in other parts of the world women and public life are often perceived to be incompatible. Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the southern Philippines, and southern Thailand are typically regions inhabited by Muslims, who make up over one third of the region’s population. Areas in which women have contributed and share r…

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Nicolaas Warouw, “Industrial Labour: Southeast Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 21 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_COM_002056>
First published online: 2016

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