Female Well-Being: Towards a Global Theory of Social Change

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At the heart of this book are case studies written by country teams of scholars, educators, and policy analysts from around the world. The cases come from east and west, north and south, poor countries and rich countries. Each team worked diligently to identify catalysts that raised or lowered female well-being in their countries by documenting key trends from 1900 to 2000 in infant mortality, maternal mortality, literacy, life expectancy, education, work, income, family structure, and political power. The teams ...

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Overview

At the heart of this book are case studies written by country teams of scholars, educators, and policy analysts from around the world. The cases come from east and west, north and south, poor countries and rich countries. Each team worked diligently to identify catalysts that raised or lowered female well-being in their countries by documenting key trends from 1900 to 2000 in infant mortality, maternal mortality, literacy, life expectancy, education, work, income, family structure, and political power. The teams analyzed the trends in light of the century's major events, legislative initiatives, social policies, and leadership.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781842770085
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 12/2/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.28 (d)

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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