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1st Edition

Women, Work and Care in the Asia-Pacific

ISBN 9780367186173
Published January 3, 2019 by Routledge
284 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides a comparative analysis of the social, economic, industrial and migration dynamics that structure women’s paid work and unpaid care work experience in the Asia-Pacific region. Each country-focused chapter examines the formal and informal ways in which work and care are managed, the changing institutional landscape, gender relations and fertility concerns, employer and trade union responses and the challenges policy makers face and the consequences of their decisions for working women. By covering the entire region, including Australia and New Zealand, the book highlights the way different national work and care regimes are linked through migration, with wealthier countries looking to their poorer neighbours for alternative sources of labour. In addition, the book contributes to debates about the barriers to women’s participation in the workforce, the valuation of unpaid care, the gender wage gap, social protection and labour regulation for migrant workers and gender relations in developing Asia.

Table of Contents

1. Work/Care Regimes in the Asia-Pacific: A Feminist Framework, Elizabeth Hill, Marian Baird and Michele Ford

Part I: Familial/Informal Care Regimes

2. China: The Reconfiguring of Women, Work and Care, Minglu Chen, Jie Hao and Marian Baird

    3. Malaysia: Balancing Paid and Unpaid Work, Vicki Crinis and Alifa Bandali

    4. Singapore: Contradictions in the Work/Care Regime, Lenore Lyons

    5. Indonesia: Middle-class Complicity and State Failure to Provide Care, Michele Ford and Nurchayati

    6. The Philippines: Pressures for Change in the Work/Care Regime, Ligaya Lindio-McGovern

      7. Cambodia: Managing Work and Care in a Post-Conflict Context, Kristy Ward

      8. Bangladesh: Class, Precarity and the Politics of Care, Dina Siddiqi and Hasan Ashraf

      9. India: Economic Inequality and Social Reproduction, Elizabeth Hill and Rajni Palriwala

      10. Sri Lanka: Working Realities and Gendered Fictions, Matt Withers

      Part II: Familial/Formal Care Regimes

      11. Australia: The Care Challenge, Alexandra Heron, Rae Cooper and Gabrielle Meagher

      12. New Zealand: Caring for Women or Women Caring? Katherine Ravenswood and Belinda Smith

      Part III: Predominantly Familial Care Regimes

      13. Japan: From Social Reproduction to Gender Equality, Reiko Ogawa

      14. South Korea: Work, Care and the Wollstonecraft Dilemma, Joohee Lee

      15. Timor-Leste: Mixed Messages on Work and Care, Michele Ford

      16. Papua New Guinea: Work and Care in a Subsistence Economy, Jane Parker, James Arrowsmith and Ann Boyd

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      Marian Baird is Professor of Gender and Employment Relations and Director of the Women and Work Research Group at the University of Sydney Business School, Australia.

      Michele Ford is Professor of Southeast Asian Studies and Director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia.

      Elizabeth Hill is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney, Australia.


      "The book highlights that despite significant differences in care and work regimes, barriers to women’s access to the labour market remain strong across the board. The pressure points for each country are different in accordance with their historical and cultural development, but they all point to emerging needs for change in the role of women care and work patterns."

      Annick Masselot, Labour & Industry: A Journal of the Social and Economic Relations of Work