Gender, Work, and Family in a Chinese Economic Zone

Laboring in Paradise

Authors: Riley, Nancy E

  • Provides the power dynamics of migrant households
  • Examines the gender division of labor and the intra-household power dynamics of migrants in China
  • Explores the complexities of women's lives in a changing economic and social environment
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This book examines the dynamics of power within the families of married women who have migrated from rural areas to China's Dalian Economic Zone.  Engaging the question of whether waged work gives women power in their families, this ethnographic study finds that women do indeed use their new positions and urban status to negotiate their family status.  However, women use these new resources not necessarily to promote their own individual liberation, but rather to strengthen their contribution as wives and, especially, as mothers.  Thus, this new modernity provides a space for the re-inscribing of traditional roles, even as it may work to give women new-found power within their families.  How and why this process occurs is related to the dual inequalities these women face as rural migrants and as women.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Riley, Nancy E.

    Pages 1-13

  • Doing Research in the Dalian Economic Zone

    Riley, Nancy E.

    Pages 15-31

  • Urban as Paradise: Understanding the Urban/Rural Divide

    Riley, Nancy E.

    Pages 33-51

  • “It’s Just Women’s Lot:” The Role of Gender

    Riley, Nancy E.

    Pages 53-82

  • “A Woman has to struggle to get what she wants”: Gender and Power

    Riley, Nancy E.

    Pages 83-106

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-007-5524-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-5523-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-9874-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gender, Work, and Family in a Chinese Economic Zone
Book Subtitle
Laboring in Paradise
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5524-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5524-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5523-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9874-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 162
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