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Gender Roles And Childcare Networks In East And Southeast Asian Societies

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This chapter focuses on gender role changes related to childcare through comparative studies of women's life course patterns and the structures of social networks in each society. The societies the chapter discusses are China, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan, the six societies covered by our project. The chapter provides a comprehensive overview of the results of the entire project. It examines in detail each society under study, then makes comparisons and synthesizes the findings from different societies. For each society, the chapter delineates the actual childcare practices that people experience everyday based on interviews, observations, and questionnaire surveys. It then focuses on who the agents of childcare are in the society under consideration, whether they are effective, and how people combine different types of agents in different situations. The chapter examines the effect of childcare practices on women's life course and the changes taking place.

Keywords: childcare; gender role; social networks



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