Gender and Change in Hong Kong: Globalization, Postcolonialism, and Chinese Patriarchy

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Eliza Wing-Yee Lee
UBC Press, 1 nov. 2011 - 224 pagini

The 1980s and 1990s represent a critical historical juncture for Hong Kong, as it underwent important social, political, and economic transformations. This period of transition, during which the state worked to redefine itself, significantly altered the role and status of Hong Kong women. Colonial modernity, which arose through the integration of the colonial state, the capitalist economy, and the Hong Kong Chinese society, proved favourable for some women but also had adverse consequences for others. It constructed women of different class interests and shaped the gendered citizenship of its colonial subjects.

Gender and Change in Hong Kong analyzes women's changing identities and agencies amidst the complex interaction of three important forces, namely, globalization, postcolonialism, and Chinese patriarchy. The chapters examine the issues from a number of perspectives to consider legal changes, political participation, the situation of working-class and professional women, sexuality, religion, and international migration.

This incisive volume offers sophisticated theoretical discussions and original empirical findings, and will appeal to a wide range of scholars and students in gender and women's studies, postcolonialism, globalization, and Asian studies.

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Womens Activism during Hong Kongs Political Transition
The Identity of Entrepreneurial Women
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Pagina 70 - Schmitter argues that corporatism can be defined as a system of interest representation in which the constituent units are organized into a limited number of singular, compulsory, noncompetitive, hierarchically ordered and functionally differentiated categories, recognized or licensed (if not created) by the state and granted a deliberate representational monopoly within their respective categories in exchange for observing certain controls on their selection of leaders and articulation of demands...
Pagina 39 - Adoption by States Parties of temporary special measures aimed at accelerating de facto equality between men and women shall not be considered discrimination as defined in the present Convention, but shall in no way entail as a consequence the maintenance of unequal or separate standards; these measures shall be discontinued when the objectives of equality of opportunity and treatment have been achieved.
Pagina 135 - cultural citizenship" to refer to the cultural practices and beliefs produced out of negotiating the often ambivalent and contested relations with the state and its hegemonic forms that establish the criteria of belonging within a national population and territory. Cultural citizenship is a dual process of self-making and being-made within webs of power linked to the nation-state and civil society.
Pagina 101 - Even in absolute terms, the number of workers employed in manufacturing was dwindling in the 1980s. In line with the relocation of manufacturing production to low-cost countries, the number of workers engaged in manufacturing as reported by the General Household Survey was almost halved from 918 600 in 1987 to 558 300 in 1994.
Pagina 95 - The work described in this paper was fully supported by a grant from the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (Project No.
Pagina 144 - Racial degeneracy was thought to have social causes and political consequences, both tied to the domestic arrangements of colonialism in specific ways. Metissage (interracial unions) generally, and concubinage in particular, represented the paramount danger to racial purity and cultural identity in all its forms. It was through sexual contact with women of color that French men "contracted" not only disease but debased sentiments, immoral proclivities, and extreme susceptibility to decivilized states...
Pagina 101 - In the 1980s the share of manufacturing industries in the national product declined relative to other sectors. The tertiary sector also overtook manufacturing as the high-growth sector. In terms of contribution to the GDP, financing and business services had very impressive growth rates in the past few years, as had the commerce (wholesale, retail, export and import trades, and hotels and restaurants) sector (Table 10.2).
Pagina 80 - Bourdieu defines cultural capital as a form of knowledge, an internalized code or a cognitive acquisition which equips the social agent with empathy towards, appreciation for or competence in deciphering cultural relations and cultural artefacts.
Pagina 98 - Since men are decision makers, both in the family and in the labour market, are better educated and trained than women and are less burdened with family obligations, they are much more likely to draw benefit from these changes (development of modern industry) than women who end up at the bottom of the labour market...
Pagina 204 - Platform for Action of the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing, 1995: The Platform for Action is an agenda for women's empowerment.

Despre autor (2011)

Eliza W.Y. Lee is an associate professor in the Department of Government and Public Administration at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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