The world economy is undergoing a period of radical transformation. This is not only evident in post-communist Europe where centrally planned economies have slowly disintegrated, but also with the implementation of policies of liberalization and privatization that are currently sweeping the less developed world. While traditional theory predicts benign results from these changes, the practical outcome is less certain. Whatever its effect, it is clear that some citizens will pay a higher price than others.
In "Women in the Age of Economic" "Reform, " the contributors assess the impact of these dramatic structural changes upon women. Each chapter summarizes the changes that have taken place in a particular economy. This is developed further by an empirical analysis of the effect upon women. The contributors then discuss the evidence of gender bias and reach some telling, if unsurprising conclusions. Closely examining the socio-political conditions of women, they contend that regardless of the type of change involved, women suffer more in the transformation process than men do. They repeatedly stress that addressing these issues is vital if the burden of economic transformation is to be distributed fairly, equitably, and, above all, justly.
"A useful addtion to undergraduate and graduate interdisciplinary collections in amthropology, women's studies, labor economics, and edconomic devleopment."
"The major contribution of this book lies in providing further evidence on economic and social conditions of women and in lending empirical support that reveals the gender biases of recent economic policy...the book is a useful addition to literature on women and economic change throughout the world and a welcome effort that contributes to moving economics in the direction of more substantive analysis of economic processes."
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"With a truly global scale, this book will be a useful resource for those teaching gender and ...' courses in planning, geography, or development studies
"With a truly global scope, this book will be a useful resource for those teaching 'gender and ...' courses in planning, geography, or development studies