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Politics and Development of Contemporary China

Work and Family in Urban China

Women’s Changing Experience since Mao

Authors: Zuo, Jiping

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This book examines a three-way interaction among market, state, and family in China’s recent market reform. It depicts transformations in urban women’s experiences with both paid and non-paid domestic work. The book challenges China’s free-market approach and demonstrates its negative impacts on women’s work and family experiences by revealing labor commodification processes and work-to-family conflicts as the state abandons its commitment to public welfare. Using interview data collected from 165 women of three different cohorts in urban China during the 2000-2008 period, this study uncovers the revival of traditional gendered family roles among urban women and men as one of their strategies to resist market brutality and their struggles to balance work and family demands. The book also explores urban women’s non-market definitions of marital equality, and highlights theoretical and policy implications concerning market efficiency, marital equality, and the state’s role in protecting public good.

About the authors

Jiping Zuo is Professor of Sociology at St. Cloud State University, USA. Her research interests are in social construction of family roles, marital inequality, and state-family relations in contemporary China. Her recent publications can be found in Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Family Issues, Rural Sociology, Critical Sociology, and Science & Society.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Work and Family in Urban China
Book Subtitle
Women’s Changing Experience since Mao
Authors
Series Title
Politics and Development of Contemporary China
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55465-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55465-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55464-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 215
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations
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