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global assembly line

Definition of Global Assembly Line

(noun) A distributed manufacturing process that involves product research and development in rich countries and assemblage in poorer countries, typically using the labor of women and children; international division of labor.

Global Assembly Line Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: glob·al as·sem·bly line

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International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈgloʊbəl əˈsɛmbli laɪn/
  • British English – /ˈgləʊbəl əˈsɛmbli laɪn/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: global assembly lines
  • Women, particularly in lower classes and castes provide a cheap labor supply working in undesirable or unsafe conditions, making commodities cheaper to produce, even with increased transportation costs.
  • Not to be confused with global commodity chain.

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Works Consulted

Griffiths, Heather, Nathan Keirns, Eric Strayer, Susan Cody-Rydzewski, Gail Scaramuzzo, Tommy Sadler, Sally Vyain, Jeff Bry, Faye Jones. 2016. Introduction to Sociology 2e. Houston, TX: OpenStax.

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Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

Cite the Definition of Global Assembly Line

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “global assembly line.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 15, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/global-assembly-line/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

global assembly line. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/global-assembly-line/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “global assembly line.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 15, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/global-assembly-line/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“global assembly line.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 15 Nov. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/global-assembly-line/>.