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Employment of Women in Chinese Cultures

Half the Sky Edited by Cherlyn Skromme Granrose, Professor of Business Administration, Campbell School of Business, Berry College, US
Examining the employment lives of Chinese women living under different government systems at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the contributors to this volume present an overview of factors affecting the employment status of women. The volume includes chapters on the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore – nations that have common Chinese cultural experiences but very different economic systems and government structures.
Extent: 224 pp
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Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 978 1 84542 293 6
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Examining the employment lives of Chinese women living under different government systems at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the contributors to this volume present an overview of factors affecting the employment status of women. The volume includes chapters on the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore – nations that have common Chinese cultural experiences but very different economic systems and government structures.

Policies and laws vary widely in Chinese societies from the egalitarian, socialist provisions of The People’s Republic of China to the laissez-faire, capitalist policy the British advocated for the Hong Kong government before 1997. Employment of Women in Chinese Cultures provides a theoretical introduction from both Chinese and Western perspectives, as well as summaries of the effect on women’s employment of government policies on taxation, health and safety, reproduction, childcare, and education in each nation-state. By juxtaposing the work of women of a similar cultural heritage living under different government systems, new insights are gained that can benefit Chinese working women wherever they live.

Scholars and students of management, labor, gender, and China will find this volume of great interest. Government leaders will also find the research on women’s employment lives a useful tool in future decision-making.
‘Granrose needs to be congratulated and complimented for her research endeavour in pooling the data from various geographical locations under one umbrella (Chinese) culture in a book format. . . this book is an interesting, important and valuable addition to the literature on career women.’
– Bijaya Mishra, Global Business Review
Contributors: I.K.H. Chew, I.H.-S. Chow, Y.-Q. Fang, C.S. Granrose, N. Khatri, R.V. Kong, T.K. Peng, T.-W. Wang
Contents:
Introduction: Chinese Women with Different Government Systems
Part I: Western Theory and Chinese Culture
1. Theoretical Perspectives on Women’s Employment Careers in a National Government Context
2. Images of Women and Government in the Chinese Cultural Heritage: A Brief Overview
Part II: Government Policies and the Employment Status of Chinese Women
3. National Policy Influence on Women’s Careers in the People’s Republic of China
4. Women in Taiwan: Social Status, Education and Employment
5. The Impact of Government Policy on Working Women in Hong Kong
6. The Impact of Government and Family Responsibilities on the Career Development of Working Women in Singapore
7. Women’s Development in Hebei Province, PRC
Part III: Conclusions
8. Chinese Women, Half the Sky, Little Ground: Comparative Comments on Chinese Women’s Lives Under Various Government Systems
Index