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Scandalous EconomicsGender and the Politics of Financial Crises$
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Aida A. Hozic and Jacqui True

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190204235

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190204235.001.0001

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Whose Crisis? Whose Recovery? Lessons Learned (and Not) from the Asian crisis

Whose Crisis? Whose Recovery? Lessons Learned (and Not) from the Asian crisis

(p.109) Chapter 7 Whose Crisis? Whose Recovery? Lessons Learned (and Not) from the Asian crisis
Scandalous Economics

Juanita Elias

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the gender politics of crises in Asia. It examines how key global governance actors engaged in gender work have come to associate Asia’s economic dynamism with an idea of Asian women as “drivers” of economic recovery. The chapter seeks to challenge the ways through which the language of “crisis” obscures the extent to which ongoing forms of crisis, impoverishment, and precarity are experienced in the everyday lives of Asian women and their households. Earlier feminist writings on the impacts of the Asian crisis point to how women’s unpaid labor served as a significant “shock absorber” during economic downturns. Drawing upon evidence from supposedly “resilient” and/or “booming” Asia, the chapter shows that it is just as important to examine the gendered everyday forms of crisis that the poor experience in their daily lives, not only during recessions.

Keywords:   Asian crisis, global governance, gender, economic downturn, household

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