Women's Lives and Public Policy: The International Experience

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This book considers the impact of public policy on various aspects of women's lives, including sex and birth, marriage and death, work and child rearing, and women's responses to those policies. Written by scholars who have lived on five continents, the work spans the First and Third Worlds, with several chapters providing case illustrations from Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Interdisciplinary in scope, the volume includes the fields of economics, politics, planning, and literature. The work is divided into ...
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Overview

This book considers the impact of public policy on various aspects of women's lives, including sex and birth, marriage and death, work and child rearing, and women's responses to those policies. Written by scholars who have lived on five continents, the work spans the First and Third Worlds, with several chapters providing case illustrations from Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Interdisciplinary in scope, the volume includes the fields of economics, politics, planning, and literature. The work is divided into two sections, with chapters in the first part considering the impact of economic and demographic policies on women and those in the second part considering policies relating to women's interpersonal relationships. Urban culture is considered in an epilogue.
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MEREDETH TURSHEN is Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Community Health at Rutgers University.

BRIAVEL HOLCOMB is Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Community Health at Rutgers University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Confronting Austerity: Women's Responses to Economic Reform 3
2 Empowerment Strategies of Poor Urban Women Under the Chilean Dictatorship 33
3 Women's Work and the Urban Household Economy in Developing Countries 51
4 The Impact of Population Control Policies on Health Policy in Bangladesh 69
5 Migration, Public Policy, and Women's Experience 83
6 Violence Against Women: An Obstacle to Development 99
7 Industrial Prostitution and South Korean Dependency Development 115
8 Planning for Prostitution: An Analysis of Thailand's Sex Industry 133
9 Dowry Murders in India: A Preliminary Examination of the Historical Evidence 145
10 Paying the Price of Change: Women, Modernization, and Arranged Marriages in India 159
Epilogue: Representations of Urban Life in African Women's Literature 171
Notes 183
References 187
Index 209
About the Editors and Contributors 215
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