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In Search of Civil SocietyMarket Reform and Social Change in Contemporary China$
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Gordon White, Jude A. Howell, and Shang Xiaoyuan

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198289562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198289562.001.0001

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Urban Women and the Women's Federation

Urban Women and the Women's Federation

(p.69) 4 Urban Women and the Women's Federation
In Search of Civil Society

Gordon White

Jude Howell

Shang Xiaoyuan

Oxford University Press

This chapter is centred on urban women and the Women's Federation. It evaluates changes in the structural position of women in the urban economy since the introduction of the reforms, emphasizing changes in sectoral employment, remuneration, and recruitment. The chapter traces the changes in the character and role of the Women's Federation, identifying the differences that have emerged within the organization regarding the desirability of economic reform, its meaning for women, and the ways in which the Federation should respond. Lastly, it assesses the emergence and significance of new independent women's organizations that have emerged in several big cities.

Keywords:   urban women, Women's Federation, urban economy, economic reform, women's organization

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