Review by Choice Review
This brief volume is an exceptional contribution to the economic and cross-cultural area of women's studies. Many studies of the impact of economic change on women are unable to distinguish between poverty issues and women's issues, and focus on the female-headed household. The studies in this work, most of them carefully done and well documented, examine the impact on women of different kinds of economic transitions in different kinds of societies, ranging from the postcommunist societies of East Germany, Poland, Romania, and the Soviet Union to the impact of World Bank policies on women in Zambia, to the effects of privatization in Chile, rapid economic development in Korea, and a change in economic structure in China. Most of these case studies interpret developments in a framework of gender equity in employment, child care and maternal leave, health care, entrepreneurial opportunities for women, and changes in the traditional male-female division of domestic and paid work opportunities. Virtually every study finds deteriorating conditions for women in terms of earnings, opportunities, and support services. A useful addition to undergraduate and graduate interdisciplinary collections in anthropology, women's studies, labor economics, and economic development. H. H. Ulbrich; Clemson University
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