Gender and Work in Urban China
Women Workers of the Unlucky Generation
By (author) Jieyu Liu
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Gender and Work in Urban China by Jieyu Liu
Book DescriptionAlthough it is generally believed in China that socialism raised women's status and paid work liberated them from the shackles of patriarchy, the economic reforms of the last two decades of the twentieth century meant women workers were more vulnerable to losing their jobs than men. Unlike previous studies, which have focused on the macro-structural features of this process, this book makes the voices of ordinary women workers heard and applies feminist perspectives on women and work to the Chinese situation. Drawing upon extensive life history interviews, this book contests the view that mobilizing women into the workplace brought about their liberation. Instead, the gendered redundancy they experienced was the culmination of a lifetime's experiences of gender inequalities. Setting their life stories against a backdrop of great social-political upheaval in China, the book suggests that the women of this 'unlucky generation' have borne the brunt of sufferings caused by sacrifices they made for the development of socialist China.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415392112
(234mm x 156mm x 16mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Includes chapters that address the diversity and variety of everyday sexual lives and sexual politics in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. This book highlights the gendered and sexual consequences of globalization and rapid social change. It describes the local situations in which women's sexual lives are lived.
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Author Biography - Jieyu Liu
Liu Jieyu is lecturer of Sociology at the University of Glasgow, UK.
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