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Housewifization And Changes In Women’s Life Course In Bangkok

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Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand, are bilateral societies with family structures and norms free of the patriarchal ideologies of some other East Asian societies. The Southeast Asian family structure is that of the "network family" or "family circle". This type of family consists primarily of a married couple and their unmarried children, and thus they may appear at first glance to be similar to the classic "nuclear family" of the West. Viewed from the inside, though, they are actually very different. This chapter considers the pattern in Bangkok of labor force participation rates for women in terms of their level of education. It looks at the present state of childcare availability in Bangkok and the other areas surveyed. The author has previously divided Bangkok housewives belonging to the urban middle class and living in suburban residential districts into two categories: "positive" and "passive".

Keywords: Bangkok; Southeast Asian family structure; women



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