Computer-aided Manufacturing and Women’s Employment: The Clothing Industry in Four EC Countries

For the Directorate-General Employment, Social Affairs and Education of the European Communities, June 1990

  • Swasti Mitter

Part of the Artificial Intelligence and Society book series (HCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Swasti Mitter
      Pages 3-17
  3. The Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
  4. Human-Centred Technology

  5. Organisational Innovations and the Use of Women’s Tacit Knowledge

  6. At the Margin of New Technology

  7. New Technology and the Internationalisation of Production

  8. On Giving Access to Women

  9. Some Conclusions

  10. Back Matter
    Pages 213-236

About these proceedings


Drawing on the experiences of four major EC countries, this book documents the way computer technology has changed the pattern of women's work in the manufacturing sector. The sixteen contributors are leading authorities on the subject and analyse how technology has transformed employment in the clothing industry, which is still the major employer of female blue-collar workers in the EC. The contributors assess the aspects of computerisation that particularly affect women's employment opportuni- ties: flexible hours, flexible work locations and flexible specialisation. The book also contains evaluations of post-Fordism and human-centred technology, two leading issues in the debate about the applications of artificial intelligence and computer-aided technology. These essays highlight a growing polarisation in the job market and suggest training schemes which can equip women for technical and managerial employment. This is a pioneering work; so far, most of the literature on women and computerisation has focussed on office automation and data processing. Computer-aided Manufacturing and Women's Employment makes an important contribution to the fields of technology, employment, women's work, business management and trade union studies.


Altern Information Technology (IT) Women's studies artificial intelligence automation computer-aided manufacturing computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) education evolution intelligence manufacturing model organization technology women

Editors and affiliations

  • Swasti Mitter
    • 1
  1. 1.Brighton Business SchoolBrighton PolytechnicBrightonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-19656-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-1837-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-0856
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