Due to deindustrialization, globalization, and emerging transnational networks, women in Thailand have experienced recent shifts in identity, as well as altered relations to family and work in the public sphere. In particular, the feminization of migration (both internal and external) has had an enormous impact on the social position of women in Thai society. Migratory transformations have primarily occurred in informal sectors, such as domestic labor, the sex industry, factory labor, and other forms of informal labor such as the selling of food and clothing, and have increased women's autonomy by fostering their participation in waged work.

Although male migrants from China and their Sino-Thai children are often credited with Thailand's increased economic development, Ara Wilson has shown that women constitute the backbone of a vast ...

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