Life outside the garment factories: the lived experiences of Cambodian women garment factory workers

McKay, Fiona Helen and Mckenzie, Hayley Jane 2020, Life outside the garment factories: the lived experiences of Cambodian women garment factory workers, International journal of migration, health and social care, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 415-427, doi: 10.1108/IJMHSC-03-2019-0041.

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Title Life outside the garment factories: the lived experiences of Cambodian women garment factory workers
Author(s) McKay, Fiona HelenORCID iD for McKay, Fiona Helen
Mckenzie, Hayley JaneORCID iD for Mckenzie, Hayley Jane
Journal name International journal of migration, health and social care
Volume number 16
Issue number 4
Start page 415
End page 427
Total pages 13
Publisher Emerald Publishing Limited
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2020
ISSN 1747-9894
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Internal migration
Garment factory
Summary Purpose Cambodia’s workforce has shifted over time, with internal migration increasing as more people are forced to the cities to find employment. This paper aims to change in workforce participation has led to a number of challenges for people moving into urban areas, particularly women as their role in the household and workforce is changing. Design/methodology/approach This research used qualitative research to explore the experiences of 20 Cambodian women working in garment factories. Interviews were conducted in Khmer by a bilingual research assistant. Interviews were recorded and then translated into English. Data were thematically analysed following a constant comparative method. Findings Findings indicate that women experience social isolation, job stress and are vulnerable to a variety of health and well-being problems. When moving into the city for work, many rural women leave their children in the care of other family members, including grandparents and other extended families, without a network, they experience isolation and loneliness. Originality/value This is the first qualitative work of its kind to investigate the experiences of Cambodian women factory workers and their experiences of moving to urban areas for work.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/IJMHSC-03-2019-0041
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HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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