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The Gender Norms of Chinese Women in the Transitional Market Economy: Research Interviews with Wives in Three Urban Centers

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The research interviews, with wives in three Chinese cities as its research subjects, sets out to answer the question of how women involved in both employment and the running of their households carry out their "good wife and wise mother role" together with their "economic role". The wives who were the subjects of this study can be divided into three types: stay-at-home housewives, women who are housewives who also work, and women who have returned to the workforce but who had previously been stay-at-home housewives. The research focuses on these three types to gain a clearer understanding of the gender norm of women. This chapter also considers how the gender norms for women are changing as China makes the transition to a market economy. In answering the question, the authors point out that between women of different social classes, the gender norms of women are diversifying.

Keywords: China; gender norms; market economy; research interviews; wives



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