Female Well-Being: Toward a Global Theory of Social Change [NOOK Book]

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This global survey starts from the belief that the significant transformations in women‘s lives need to be fully documented and interpreted. It illustrates the critical challenges faced by women in the 20th century using original data from countries in every world region. The case studies are written by teams of scholars, educators, and policy analysts in Canada, the United States, Colombia, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Croatia, Japan, Bangladesh, Thailand, South Africa, Sudan, and Kenya. The catalysts for change...
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Female Well-Being: Toward a Global Theory of Social Change

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Overview

This global survey starts from the belief that the significant transformations in women‘s lives need to be fully documented and interpreted. It illustrates the critical challenges faced by women in the 20th century using original data from countries in every world region. The case studies are written by teams of scholars, educators, and policy analysts in Canada, the United States, Colombia, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Croatia, Japan, Bangladesh, Thailand, South Africa, Sudan, and Kenya. The catalysts for change in female well-being are identified from trends from 1900 to 2000 in infant mortality, maternal mortality, literacy, life expectancy, education, work, income, family structure, and political power. Trends are analyzed in the light of the century‘s major events, legislative initiatives, social policies, and leadership, to illustrate the processes that enhance, sustain, or detract from the female condition. The last chapter suggests ideas for how to improve female well-being globally.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848136670
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 7/4/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Janet Mancini Billson is the Director, Group Dimensions International, and Visiting Professor at The George Washington University. Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban is Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies, Rhode Island College.

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Table of Contents

1 The twentieth century as a transformative time for women 3
2 The complexities of defining female well-being 23
3 A critique of social change theories 45
4 Women in Bangladesh : a journey in stages 67
5 Women in Canada : a century of struggle 94
6 Women in Colombia : 'you forge your path as you walk' 133
7 Women in Croatia : continuity and change 159
8 Women in Iceland : strong women - myths and contradictions 181
9 Women in Japan : change and resistance to change 207
10 Women in South Africa : crossing the great divides of race and gender 236
11 Women in Sudan : resistance and survival 262
12 Women in Thailand : changing the paradigm of female well-being 285
13 Women in the United Kingdom : the impacts of immigration, 1900-2000 309
14 Women in the United States of America : the struggle for economic citizenship 324
15 Common challenges : factors that enhance or detract from female well-being 357
16 Towards a gendered theory of social change 374
17 Towards global female well-being 392
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