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Women's Work in Rural China

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


Part of Cambridge Modern China Series

  • Date Published: April 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 labour. This book provides detailed information on shifts in women's work patterns. It explains how and why these shifts have come about, and how they relate to women's position in society. While other aspects of reform in rural China have been analysed 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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    'Women's Work in Rural China is an accessible and informative book … [which] provides a thorough and readable text for students and the general public interested in understanding the changing status of women in China's rural economy. Furthermore, it makes a valuable contribution to the broader literature on economic and social change in rural China … and is thus an important addition to bookshelves on this subject.' Asian Affairs

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 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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