The authors highlight how structural circumstances in countries with various degrees of industrialization are associated with specific policies. The analyses of women's experiences reveal the variety of ways in which private patriarchy in families combines with public patriarchy in economies and states to create a system of domination which subordinates women. The authors detail how gender is constructed under specific political, economic, and cultural circumstances, and seek to understand how state policies with differing sensitivities to women's issues have produced mixed outcomes for women and their families in the process of economic development.
Esther Ngan-ling Chow is Professor of Sociology at The American University. Catherine White Berheide is Associate Professor of Sociology at Skidmore College.
"The strength of this book is the powerful introduction to the field of women and development and its integration with issues and data from studies of the family and gender. The authors argue strongly and demonstrate clearly the necessary interdependence of theory development in all of these specialties. " — Rachel Kahn-Hut, San Francisco State University
"The topic is useful and timely; the collection contains an enormous amount of information on both the theme and on the local context in which each study is set. The style of argument among the articles is quite uniform: straightforward, well supported, and cogently presented. Consequently, the volume is dense—packed with information and relatively free from digressions, polemic, or fluff. " — Elizabeth McLean Petras, Drexel University