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Jieyu Liu Gender and Work in Urban China Women Workers of the Unlucky Generation 2007

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Gender and Work in Urban China Although 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 their male counterparts. Unlike previous studies, which have focused on the macrostructural features of this process, this book makes the voices of ordinary women workers heard and applies
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  Gender and Work in Urban China Although it is generally believed in China that socialism raised women’sstatus and paid work liberated them from the shackles of patriarchy, theeconomic reforms of the last two decades of the twentieth century meantwomen workers were more vulnerable to losing their jobs than their malecounterparts. Unlike previous studies, which have focused on the macro-structural features of this process, this book makes the voices of ordinarywomen workers heard and applies feminist perspectives on women andwork to the Chinese situation.Drawing upon extensive life history interviews, this book contests theview that mobilizing women into the workplace brought about their liber-ation. Instead, the gendered redundancy they experienced was the culmin-ation of a lifetime’s experiences of gender inequalities. Setting their lifestories against a backdrop of great social–political upheaval in China, thebook suggests that the women of this ‘unlucky generation’ have borne thebrunt of sufferings caused by sacrifices they made for the development of socialist China. In particular, it highlights the role of the work unit ( danwei )during the pre-reform period and how this constrained opportunities forthese women, operating as an arbiter of their careers and personal lives andcontinuing the patriarchal function of pre-socialist institutions.In blending sociological and feminist analysis with cultural sensitivity tothe study of Chinese women workers, the interdisciplinary nature of  Genderand Work in Urban China will interest scholars of Chinese society, gender,culture and politics. Liu Jieyu is Lecturer of Sociology at the University of Glasgow.  Routledge Contemporary China Series Nationalism, Democracy and National Integration in China Leong Liew and Wang Shaoguang  Hong Kong’s Tortuous Democratization A comparative analysis Ming Sing  China’s Business Reforms Institutional challenges in a globalised economy Edited by Russell Smyth and Cherrie Zhu Challenges for China’s Development An enterprise perspective Edited by David H. Brown and Alasdair MacBean New Crime in China Public order and human rights Ron Keith and Zhiqiu Lin Non-Governmental Organizations in Contemporary China Paving the way to civil society? Qiusha Ma Globalization and the Chinese City Fulong Wu The Politics of China’s Accession to the World Trade Organization The dragon goes global Hui Feng  Narrating China  Jia Pingwa and his fictional world Yiyan Wang   Sex, Science and Morality in China  Joanne McMillan Politics in China Since 1949 Legitimizing authoritarian rule Robert Weatherley International Human Resource Management inChinese Multinationals  Jie Shen and Vincent Edwards Unemployment in China Economy, human resources and labour markets Edited by Grace Lee and Malcolm Warner China and Africa Engagement and compromise Ian Taylor Gender and Education in China Gender discourses and women’s schooling in the early twentieth century Paul J. Bailey SARS Reception and interpretation in three Chinese cities Edited by Deborah Davis and Helen Siu Human Security and the Chinese State Historical transformations and the modern quest for sovereignty Robert E. Bedeski Gender and Work in Urban China Women workers of the unlucky generation Liu Jieyu
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