Academic journal article The Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies

Women and Market Societies: Crisis and Opportunity

Academic journal article The Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies

Women and Market Societies: Crisis and Opportunity

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Women and Market Societies explores the impact on women of the transition to a market economy in East Asia, the dismantling of state socialism in Eastern Europe and the restructuring of the economies and welfare states of the older capitalist market societies in Western Europe. Its authors adopt an outright feminist viewpoint, and its data is somewhat oriented toward their ideological concerns. However, there is much of interest in its pages.

Questioning whether the global trend towards market economies will constrain or enhance women's opportunities, the authors show how the collapse of communism in China has weakened the family in tending to treat individuals as self-oriented economically-motivated beings. The men, it claims, are increasingly ignoring their loyalties to wives and families and searching for sexual satisfaction with available younger women.

On the other hand, in Eastern Europe the decline of the communist state has tended to strengthen the family as the only unit capable of withstanding the brunt of raw capitalism untempered by traditional pre-Communist mores. …

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