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Women's Work in Rural China

Women's Work in Rural China
Change and Continuity in an Era of Reform

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Part of Cambridge Modern China Series

  • Date Published: February 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521599283

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  • Since 1978, reform policies introduced in rural China have had a profound impact on women's work and gender divisions of labor. This book provides detailed information on the shifts in women's work patterns that have occurred. It explains how and why these shifts have come about, and how they relate to other aspects of women's position in society. While other aspects of reform in rural China have been analyzed extensively, this is one of very few, and to date the most comprehensive, studies of the effects of reform on rural women.

    • Combines thorough and up-to-date empirical information with rigorous theoretical analysis
    • Develops an innovative theoretical approach, integrating material causes and consequences with an exploration of cultural values
    • Makes a significant contribution to women's studies and to our knowledge of contemporary Chinese rural society, based on field work and interviews with women in Beijing, Shandong and Sichuan
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This is a very valuable and also highly readable study. The implications of its findings are serious, because they presage a future society in which women will slip back further towards the low status they occupied in premodern Chinese society." Labour/Travail, Diana Leary, University of Britis Columbia

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521599283
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 14 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Theoretical concerns
    2. Historical background
    3. Post-Mao reforms
    4. The family
    5. Education and politics
    6. Domestic work
    7. Agriculture
    8. Entrpreneurs on the farm
    9. Industry
    10. Conclusion
    Appendix 1: Summary of information on sample families
    Appendix 2: Employment in sample township enterprises.

  • Author

    Tamara Jacka, Murdoch University, Western Australia

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